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How Ocean’s 8 Got All Those Celebrity Cameos

the gang in Oceans 8

One of the hot button issues in the entertainment world is the subject of proper inclusion and representation in the media. There has been a particular call for racial diversity and more dynamic roles for women, and that's exactly what upcoming heist film Ocean's 8 is going to provide. Director Gary Ross has assembled a fantastic cast of women to carry on the Ocean's franchise, with positive buzz surrounding the all-star group of actresses. Aside from the main cast, there are also a ton of celebrities making cameos as guests at the Met Gala. The cameos include the likes of Olivia Munn, Anna Wintour, and The Kardashians, and Ross recently told me how he managed such A-list extras with Ocean's 8.

We had a whole plan. At the Met Gala, all those people are famous, right? So I have an expectation on me to have famous extras, and that's not easy. We realized these people wouldn't come and be normal extras in a holding pen for eight hours. So we created a club upstairs in The Met in their member's dining room at night. We called it 'Club Oceans' and it was a party of all famous people hanging out, having a good time. And when we needed an extra we'd go upstairs and we'd pull someone out. There were cartier jewels that they could all put on and wear. There was good food. So they all got to go to a party.

Well, that's one way to get celebs in the room. While being a background actor isn't exactly glamorous, providing celebs with libations and designer jewelry is a great way to get them involved.

Ocean's 8 is set at the annual Met Gala, with Sandra Bullock's Debbie Ocean and her crew attempting to steal Cartier jewels worth $150 million. The Met Gala is the most exclusive party in the world, and anyone who is anyone attends the annual event, while wearing theatrical couture. In order for the big heist scene to function believably, Gary Ross needed to book some A-list talent as the party guests. And that's exactly what he did.

The trailers for Ocean's 8 features some of the movie's cameos, and there plenty of them. The movie will feature three members of the Kardashian/Jenner clan: Kim, Kylie, and Kendall. Anna Witnour is no doubt going to be heavily featured as the host of the event, while the extended cast also includes Zayn Malik, Serena Williams, Alexander Wang, and Katie Holmes. While the upcoming movie will be focused on the intricate heist, an added game for the audience will be identifying the myriad cameos throughout the film's conclusion.

Ocean's 8 will arrive in theaters on June 8, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

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 CinemaBlend. 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.