In the works for a while now, the new version of the Ocean's heist caper franchise, called Ocean's Eight, is finally starting to lock in its core players beyond stars Sandra Bullock (Gravity) and Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button). Now news arrives via Deadline that Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Rihanna (Battleship), Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech) and rapper Awkwafina (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) are all now set to appear.
In addition to the recent additions, Mindy Kaling (The Office), who was speculated recently, is also aboard, but it appears that Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) is no longer in the running, assuming she actually was. Still, with seven places now filled, there is always the chance she could make a deal and show up.
Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) is overseeing the new movie, which he co-wrote with Olivia Milch and has been developing alongside Ocean's trilogy director Steven Soderbergh, who will act as producer. While Ocean's Eight appears unlikely to be a direct sequel to the three films that Soderbergh made with the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon (that trilogy itself a remake of the 1960 Frank Sinatra entry), there is a chance that folk from the last three films could pop up in cameos.
All we know for sure right now is that it will be a heist film and that Ross is looking to kick off filming this October in New York. As always, watch this space.