The hugely anticipated Ocean’s 8 is screening from Friday 22nd June in the UK. This is not only because it has a star studded cast but because of their gender and characters. The line up includes Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina, not to mention a whole host of celebrity cameos.
Speaking to reporters Cate Blanchett said “Two or three years ago this seemed like an impossibility, like how could you possibly get this made? And it’s so great that it’s being released now. We go, ‘Well, of course’. A lot has shifted I think.”
Bullock admitted she had similar thoughts. “I honestly didn’t think it would happen. I thought it was a fun idea…at the time think the movie would get made.”
Director and writer Gary Ross said “I realised that there’d never been this…kick-ass ensemble of women coming together like this before.”
Why is gender so important in Ocean’s 8?
Women made up 29% of leads in the top 100 films of 2016, up 7% from 2015. This was mainly down to to Arrival, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Ghostbusters.
What is the film about?
Based on the Ocean’s series Danny Ocean’s estranged sister Debbie attempts the heist of the century at New York’s star-studded Met Gala. First, she must assemble the perfect crew: Lou, Rose, Daphne Kluger, Nine Ball, Tammy, Amita, and Constance.
Ocean’s 8 trailer is available to view here.
Posted by Francesca Stainer
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