15 years ago a crew of 11 men took on three of the world's biggest casinos for the most ambitious heist of all time in the film Ocean's Eleven. The movie, which was a remake of a 1960 film of the same name, was so successful it became a trilogy and collectively hauled in over $1.1 billion at the box office.
Now, nine years after the final film in the trilogy was released the franchise looks to be expanded with an all-female spinoff. So what have we heard about the new version of Ocean's Eleven since announced back in October 2015? Take a look at everything we know so far:
What will the film be called?
While the film is being touted as an all-female Ocean's Eleven, it turns out that there may be a few less leading ladies than initially thought.
Originally the production was known by the working title Ocean's Ocho, indicating that there will likely be eight thieves involved in the films heist, and two weeks ago director Gary Ross confirmed that the title of the film will be Ocean's Eight.
Who are the team behind it?
As mentioned, Gary Ross, who previously directed Pleasantville and The Hunger Games, is at the helm of this massive project. He is joined by the Ocean's trilogy masters, director Steven Soderbergh and star George Clooney, who will act as producers on the film.
Apparently the idea for the film was conceived by Ross, who brought it to Soderbergh, Clooney and late producer Jerry Weintraub back in 2014. The screenplay was then written by Olivia Milch (Queen & Country, Dude) before the project was officially announced in 2015.
Who has been cast in Ocean's 8?
After a number of rumors and announcements the official line up for Ocean's Eight has been confirmed to be: Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings franchise), Helena Bonham Carter (Suffragette), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserable), Rihanna (Battleship) and Awkwafina (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising).
Matt Damon recently confirmed that he'll be making a cameo appearance in the film, telling Entertainment Tonight "I'm doing a little bit in the movie. I haven't read it yet, but the cast is phenomenal and I'm excited to see what those women do with it. It's going to be fun." Given Damon's involvement in Ocean's 11, 12 and 13 it could be likely that he'll be once again reprising the role of Linus Caldwell.
In addition it looks like Dakota Fanning (The Runaways), Damien Lewis (Homeland), Eric West (Satisfaction) have also joined the cast.
What is Ocean's 8 about?
Obviously most of the plot is being closely guarded, but a few tidbits have been made public since the movie was announced. First of all, apparently the film will not be a reboot, but rather a spinoff. Ross recently told Slash Film that Ocean's Eight "is very much an extension and a continuation" of the Ocean's trilogy.
Apparently the film will see Bullock's character set out with a team of thieves to steal a valuable necklace from the Met Ball and frame the crooked gallery owner. The connection to the Ocean's trilogy comes in when it's explained that Sandra Bullock's character is not only an ex-con, but also the sister of Ocean's trilogy character, Danny Ocean (George Clooney). According to The Playlist, the idea of a Danny Ocean cameo was even floated, though put aside for the time being with the thought that it could potentially be revisited if sequels went ahead.
When will filming begin?
Warner Bros. Pictures have announced that filming on Ocean's Eight has officially begun in New York City, with a number of the cast having been spotted on or near set in the last week.
When will Ocean's 8 be released in cinemas?
After much debate, Jeff Sneider of Mashable has revealed that Oceans Eight is headed for a midsummer release, apparently eyeing up June 8, 2018.