Rihanna Joins Ocean’s Eight Cast

The singer will be joining Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter in reboot

In a line up that already features big names like Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, and Cate Blanchett, singer Rihanna is the latest name to join the reboot.


Last fall Warner Bros confirmed that they would be rebooting the Ocean’s Eleven franchise with an all female cast. Since making this announcement, huge names from diverse acting backgrounds have been announced. Besides the ones mentioned earlier, there’s also Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina (Nora Lum). Gary Ross will direct the film.


This will not be the first time Rihanna will be featured in a major movie. Although her filmography mostly consists of cameos, she also had major roles in Battleship, Home, and will be playing the iconic role of Marion Crane, Norman Bates’s victim in Bates Motel this fall.


Much like this summer’s major blockbuster Ghostbusters which was rebooted with an all female cast, Ocean’s Eight has already been criticized for its cast. Much like Ghostbusters many complaints had underlined meanings of sexism and misogyny. Despite the negative words some have spewed about the upcoming film, others are thrilled to see more female-led movies. From the looks of casting so far it seems like there will be diversity in the terms of age, and race.


Rihanna is from Barbados, Mindy Kaling is Indian, and Awkwafina is of Chinese American and South Korean descent. The other named actresses are all Caucasian. The ages range from mid 20s to early 50s.


The Ocean’s trilogy was a spinoff from the Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11 which starred Sinatra, Dean, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. The one many have come to know and love starred George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, and Bernie Mac.


With the title being Ocean’s Eight and seven ladies named so far, many are waiting and wondering who will be taking the eighth spot.

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