What you need to know for Oceans 8

26 Jun 2018
Every con has it pros. Or at least it does if Sandra Bullock is heading up the heist. Oceans 8, the fourth instalment in the Ocean’s franchise, sees a fearless, all-female cast featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter attempt to pull off a $150 million heist at New York’s Met Gala. It’s bold, it’s brave and it’s in UK cinemas now.
To celebrate the film’s release, we’ve listed 8 things you need to know about Ocean’s 8, before you hit the cinema to see the action unfold.
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1) So what’s the plan this time?

Savvy ex-con Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) plans to infiltrate the Met Gala, in a bid to steal jewels worth $150 million from around the neck of world-famous actress, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway).

Concocting the plan, whilst serving precisely five years, 8 months and 12 days in prison, she enlists the help of former partner-in-crime, Lou, (Cate Blanchett) and upon her release, they recruit a crack team of specialists armed with the skills needed to pull off the job: jeweller Amita (Mandy Kelling), street con Constance (Awkwafina), thief Tammy (Sarah Paulson), tech-savvy genius Nine Ball (Rihanna) and fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter).

Ambitious? Yes. Can they pull it off? You’ll have to go and find out. One thing’s for sure: it’s game on.

2) What exactly is the Met Gala?

Each year, the Costume Institute at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art holds an annual fundraiser, which always coincides with the museum’s spring exhibition. The evening is themed on the museum’s latest exhibition, which in 2018 was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.’ It’s a smoking hot ticket, attactracting the biggest names from music, film, art and fashion.

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3) Is Ocean’s 8 a sequel or spin-off to Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13?

In short, it’s a bit of both. Steven Soderbergh, who directed the previous Ocean’s films, is producing Ocean’s 8, alongside George Clooney and Susan Ekins. Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) is at the director helm this time, co-writing the screenplay with Olivia Milch. Storylines intertwine as we learn that Debbie Ocean is the estranged sister of Danny Ocean, original mastermind behind the Ocean’s 11 million-dollar heist, 10 years ago.

4) There’s plenty of buzz around the number of cameos in the film. Who can we expect to see in it?

Ocean’s 8 is swimming in A-list cameos, thanks largely to it being set at the star-studded Met Gala. Keep your eyes peeled for the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Serena Williams, Dakota Fanning, Katie Holmes, Matt Damon, Anna Wintour, Zayn Malik, Hailey Baldwin, Maria Sharapova, and a whole host of fashion designers and supermodels to boot.

Oh and look out for Essex turned L.A. resident James Corden, who plays insurance investigator John Frazier in the film.

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5) Were Met Gala scenes actually filmed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

You bet. Ocean’s 8 had unprecedented access to the museum for 10 days, longer than any other film crew to date. In fact, the whole film was shot on location in New York, in a twist on previous films in the Ocean’s franchise set in Los Angeles. This was a decision the film’s, producer, Soderbergh, fully supported, “I can’t imagine a better place to set the film; if you could pick any city in the world to do the fourth ‘Ocean’s’ film, I think this was the perfect call.”

6) Are the diamonds real?

Cartier’s Toussaint necklace, the object of Debbie Ocean’s desire, is one of the largest in their collection, so for executive producer Diana Alvarez, “it was really important that to feel real, it had to be real”. Ocean’s 8 filmmakers went straight to Paris-based jewellers Cartier, who immediately agreed to create a tailor-made version of the dazzling original, designed by Jacques Cartier in 1931.

Cartier also agreed to close their flagship store on 52nd Street to the public for two days, allowing Ocean’s 8 filmmakers to shoot there. This means that all the diamonds you see in these scenes are the real deal. Bling bling!

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7) Who backed the idea for an all-female cast?

We can thank, in part, Ocean’s 8 director and screenwriter, Gary Ross for the film’s female line-up, “the outlaw trope has always been at the heart of American movies, but with few exceptions, those ‘outlaws’ have been men. I was intrigued with the idea of a group of kickass women laying claim to this genre that had always seemed off limits. Plus, I love heist movies—always have.”

Ocean’s 8 is in cinemas now. Watch the film’s official trailer below.

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