As If Ocean's 8 Couldn't Get Better, Rihanna Plays an Elusive Hacker in It

Ocean’s Eleven was and remains a perfect movie, and I have extremely high hopes that Ocean’s 8, the sorta spin-off, sorta sequel that I didn’t know I needed in my life, will be every bit as good, if not, potentially, better.


The first official trailer is finally here, although the movie is still light-years (six months) away. In case you missed it, the cast stars all your faves (or at least one of them): Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, RIHANNA, rapper Awkwafina, and Anne Hathaway.

Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, sister to the titular Danny Ocean (played by George Clooney), and based on the trailer, she will use her recent release from prison on parole to pull off one final heist, much like her brother in the original. Her target is fancier than a dumpy casino: It’s the Met Gala, or more specifically, a necklace worn by (the villain?) Anne Hathaway that’s worth somewhere between $100 million and $150 million.


Did I mention Rihanna’s in it? In an excellent casting decision, it looks like she plays some kind of mastermind hacker who’s guarded about her true identity. Meanwhile, Awkwafina plays a delightful pickpocket. I’m excited for both of these.

There are some serious callbacks to Ocean’s Eleven: Cate Blanchett plays Debbie’s right-hand woman, much like Brad Pitt played an equally unemotional, beautiful, and sandy blonde counterpart to Danny in the first movie. Debbie—again, like her brother in the original—also seems to have an ulterior motive for assembling this rag-tag team of brilliantly shady women and orchestrating this high-stakes robbery; at one point, Cate Blanchett yells at her: “Do not run a job in a job!” I cannot wait to find out what that means.


James Corden is also in this for a hot sec, apparently, which isn’t a dealbreaker for me, but Taylor Swift (??) might also be and that, well, that isn’t a dealbreaker either. LET THIS MOVIE GET HERE ALREADY.

Senior Writer, Jezebel

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