When news first broke that George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh were developing an all-female spin-off of the Ocean's Eleven franchise, there was talk that George Clooney could possible return in a cameo as Danny Ocean. The movie was long confirmed to be set in the same universe as the original trilogy, and it was later revealed that Sandra Bullock is actually playing the ex-con sister of George Clooney's Danny Ocean. While it is believed that George Clooney won't put in a cameo for this movie, it seems that his co-star Matt Damon is planning on returning as Linus Caldwell.
Entertainment Tonight caught up with Matt Damon at the premiere of Manchester-by-the-Sea, which he produced, where he revealed that he will have a brief part in Ocean's Eight. While he didn't specify that he's coming back as Linus Caldwell, since this movie is set in the same world as the previous trilogy, it seems likely that he's reprising his former role. Here's what the actor had to say about returning in Ocean's Eight below.
"I think 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."
Production began last month in New York City, with the first set photos surfacing of Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett. They are joined by a cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Warner Bros. has yet to confirm any story details but the plot reportedly centers on Sandra Bullock's character, who assembles a group of thieves who plan on stealing an expensive necklace from the Met Ball, while framing a gallery owner for the crime.
Cate Blanchett is reportedly playing the right-hand woman of Bullock's character, similar to Brad Pitt's Rusty in the Ocean's Eleven trilogy, but no details were given on any of the other characters quite yet. The project was initially developed by George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh and late producer Jerry Weintraub, who brought on Olivia Milch to write the screenplay. Gary Ross came aboard to direct with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing.
The original Ocean's Eleven trilogy cast also included Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Elliot Gould and the late Bernie Mac. It hasn't been confirmed if any of these other original Ocean's Eleven stars will make their return in Ocean's 8. Take a look at Matt Damon's video interview below, where he reveals his cameo appearance in Ocean's 8.