Let's get real: reboots are pretty much everywhere. In both TV and movies, you can't really turn a corner without seeing the reboot of a classic film or TV show making a return. While this has been the cause of some debate and controversy, there is one thing that will make it all worth while: if the project is actually good. Ocean's Eight is currently in development, assembling an all-female cast to star in a new take on the iconic franchise.
Now it appears that two huge names have joined the already rather impressive female cast. According to Variety the upcoming comedy has booked both Academy Award Winner Anne Hathaway and pop star and occasional actress Rihanna.
This is a pretty big win for Ocean's Eight for a few reasons. To start, Anne Hathaway's presence gives the project some more validity. We've seen how an all-female cast can be absolutely loathed for no reason before it even hits theaters (I'm looking at you Ghostbusters haters). But with Ocean's Eight assembling actresses who are heavily respected and celebrated, perhaps the haters will take a few more moments before ripping everyone apart from the safety of their own home. She has an Academy Award for crying out loud.
Also recently added to the cast is none other than Rihanna. Princess Riri might seem like a bonkers choice for this cast, but it actually makes a fair amount of sense. To start, she's one of the most successful and massively popular recording artists in the business. As such, she has the ability to bring tons of fans into the movies to see her on the big screen. And Rihanna's audience might not be the type to normally show up for an Ocean's Eleven movie, so it could potentially be a previously untapped source of money for the new film.
Rihanna has also been slowly accruing quite the acting resume over the years. The singer made her big screen debut in 2012's Battleship. While that film was pretty much critically panned, Rihanna's performance was a surprisingly decent first outing as an actress. She also made a hilarious appearance in This Is The End, where she slapped the crap out of Michael Cera. Most recently, she voiced a lead character in Home, and was announced to be joining the cast of the highly anticipated Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Add Ocean's Eight into the mix and Rihanna is quickly becoming a certified movie star.
Rihanna and Anne Hathaway will join an already impressive cast which includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, and Elizabeth Banks. This is an unbelievable sum of strong and talented female actresses, and I'm ready to see it become a reality.
Check back with us for more updates on Ocean's Eight.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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