Rihanna Strikes Gold
If Hollywood wants to spend its time and money remaking old movies, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. This can be a difficult tightrope to walk, but there’s a time-tested method for determining if you’re on the right track: is Rihanna in your movie? If yes, stay your course. If no … have you considered casting Rihanna in your movie?
Continuing the “all-female reboot” wave kicked off by last year’s Ghostbusters, Ocean’s 8 stars an eight-piece heist team consisting of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham-Carter, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling and, of course, Rihanna.
This morning, Rihanna posted the first official image of the squad on her Twitter. They appear on the subway, each seemingly lost in their own thoughts.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 30, 2017
The film’s log line was also announced today, according to the Hollywood Reporter:
“The tide will turn as Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (Cate Blanchett); Nine Ball (Rihanna); Amita (Mindy Kaling); Constance (Awkwafina); Rose (Helena Bonham Carter); Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway); and Tammy (Sarah Paulson).”
When they say “star-studded,” by the way, they aren’t kidding. A whole host of fashion and celebrity cameos have been reported. The latest list, as per Fashionista, includes but is not limited to: Anna Wintour, Alexander Wang, Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, Tommy Hilfiger, Desiigner, Tyga, Olivia Munn, Maria Sharapova and Zayn Malik.
Whew. Ocean’s 8 is being directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Free State of Jones) and being written by Ross and Olivia Milch. It’s already got the star power to match its predecessors, but here’s hoping it’ll draw inspiration from Steven Soderbergh’s stylish, energetic 2001 version.
And, God willing, it’ll be another step toward Rihanna’s eventual takeover of all sectors of the entertainment industry.
This year, she’ll appear as the iconic Marion Crane in A&E’s Bates Motel, as well as Luc Besson’s science fiction epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Ocean’s 8 is set for release on June 8, 2018.