Ocean’s 8 With Sandra Bullock and Rihanna
Who needs George Clooney? The heist-thriller franchise he started with “Ocean’s Eleven” in 2001 gets a new face with “Ocean’s 8,” starring Sandra Bullock and seven other women.
She plays Debbie Ocean, the freshly paroled sister of Danny Ocean, Mr. Clooney’s thief from the earlier films. Continuing in the family business, she assembles a team of criminals to steal a necklace worth more than $100 million from a celebrity (Anne Hathaway) at the annual Met Gala in New York City.
The new trailer introduces her crew, including a jewelry expert (Mindy Kaling) who lives with her mother; a pickpocket (Awkwafina); a suburban mom (Sarah Paulson); and a pool shark named Nine Ball (Rihanna), whose real name is Eight Ball. Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter are cast as other accomplices.
While Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy’s update of “Ghostbusters” met with a sexist online backlash in 2016, the current climate could be more favorable for a female-empowerment reboot of the “Ocean’s” movies. The trailer is underscored with a remix of Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 feminist anthem “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.”
Ms. Bullock’s last non-animated hit was the 2013 outer-space drama “Gravity,” co-starring Mr. Clooney. The new movie, written by its director, Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”) with Olivia Milch, hits theaters on June 8.