Ocean’s 8: What a Way to Cap the Year of the Woman

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Ocean’s 8: What a Way to Cap the Year of the Woman

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


ore than a year after the announcement of the all-woman installment of the Ocean franchise, the first full-length trailer of Ocean’s 8 finally dropped yesterday. And boy, it couldn’t have come at a better time. The spinoff, that’s slated to release in June next year, stars eight badass Grammy-, Oscar-, and Golden Globe-winning women, from Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling to Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina.

In the film, Bullock plays Debbie Ocean (her character is a sister to George Clooney’s Danny Ocean) and the trailer begins with her getting out of the prison after being incarcerated for about five years. She then embarks on putting together a team of the coolest thieves who’ll help her steal a $150 million necklace from Daphne Kluge (Anne Hathaway) at the annual Met Gala. Cate Blanchett’s Lou is the second-in-command to Debbie, much the same way Brad Pitt’s Rusty Ryan was to Danny.


Among the other women, Mindy Kaling plays a counterfeit jewellery-maker, whose mom just wants her to get married (#IndianRepresent), Rihanna plays the resident hacker, Sarah Paulson is a mom about to go on a “very special work trip”, Helena Bonham Carter is a sneaky seamstress, and Awkwafina is a thief with a reputation for cunning hand tricks. All in all, these strong-as-hell women look like they can get shit done. June can’t come fast enough.

In fact, the utter coolness of Ocean 8’s trailer is especially heightened because it comes in a year where the prevailing climate is being dictated by women: Those who have been brave enough to speak out about sexism, harassment, and aid in the downfall of powerful men who have been getting away scot-free despite exploiting their position of power for several years. It’s the year of women; they broke the silence, reclaimed their space in the industry, started a worldwide #MeToo movement, and made it to the cover of TIME Magazine. Moreover, it also comes in a year that witnessed the unprecedented success of female-led studio releases like Wonder Woman, which was also directed by a woman and Girls Trip, which is this year’s biggest live-action comedy hit.

Remember how cathartic it felt to watch Gal Gadot absolutely smashing it on screen in Wonder Woman? Ocean’s 8 promises just that eight times over. There couldn’t be a better way to cap 2017.