By Marti Dols Roca.
He started in 1998 with Pleasantville; five years after he got two academy award nominations for Seabiscuit; in 2012 he brought Katniss Everdeen to the big screen with The Hunger Games* and last year he let us ride around the Free State of Jones alongside Matthew McConaughey. His name is Gary Ross and now he is pushing things further as the director of Ocean’s 8. the Sandra Bullock starred spin-off of the Ocean’s Trilogy.
With George Clooney aka Danny Ocean and Steven Soderbergh aka the director of the saga now on the producers sit, Ross and newcomer screenwriter Olivia Milch take us to New York where Danny’s estranged Sister Debbie (Bullock) assembles a gang to do what the Oceans do best: entertain (while they pull of the biggest heist in history). Whereas some old pals of the trilogy like Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon) will appear, the focus will be on the new crew members: Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kalling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina and (wait for it) Rihanna; 2 Oscar winners and one Oscar nominee to begin with. Not bad for being an Ocean. What else?
The UK release will be in summer 2018 with Warner Bros. Pictures as worldwide distributor, and Village Roadshow Pictures in select territories. As an appetizer, a first look image has been launched and we would like to share it with you.
With this all-star cast, what can go wrong? 😉
*Mandatory mention: Battle Royale (2000); in case you didn’t know, The Hunger Games uses its premise for a marshmallowed Hollywood adaptation. Now go watch the original; Mrs. Everdeen wouldn’t have lasted a minute.
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