Back in August, we reported that the highly-anticipated all-female spin-off Ocean's Eight will begin principal photography sometime this October in New York City, under the direction of Gary Ross. Today we have the first photos from the set as filming got under way yesterday, with our first look at Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter. It isn't known exactly how long filming is expected to last for, but Warner Bros. has already set a June 8, 2018 release date, going up against Transformers 6.
The photos surfaced on various Twitter accounts yesterday, with both Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett spotted together in the Big Apple. While no plot details have been confirmed, it is believed that Sandra Bullock is playing the ex-con sister of George Clooney's Danny Ocean, with Cate Blanchett playing a character similar to Brad Pitt's Rusty Ryan from Ocean's Eleven. These photos also give us our first look at Helena Bonham Carter on the set, but it remains to be seen when we'll get our first glimpse at the rest of this star-studded cast.
We also reported in August that Anne Hathaway, Rihanna and Nora Lum, a.k.a. Awkafina have joined Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson and Mindy Kaling. The story reportedly centers on a group of eight thieves who plan on stealing an expensive necklace from the Met Ball, while framing a gallery owner for the crime. Director Gary Ross confirmed in a recent interview that this movie will in fact be a "continuation" of the Ocean's Eleven trilogy.
The project was put together by original Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh, star George Clooney and producer Jerry Weintraub, who hired writer Olivia Milch to write the script. Gary Ross came aboard to direct, which continues his long history of collaboration with Steven Soderbergh, which Gary Ross described as "collaborating in ways the whole world doesn't know about." Steven Soderbergh served as the second unit director for Gary Ross on the 2012 blockbuster The Hunger Games, while Gary Ross did some unspecified and uncredited work on the original Ocean's Eleven films.
The original Ocean's Eleven starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner and Matt Damon as a group of criminals who attempt to pull off the daring heist of a Las Vegas casino. It was followed by the sequels Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. Take a look at the first set photos from Ocean's Eight as production gets under way in New York City.