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The con is on! Your guide to the all-star cast of characters in Ocean's 8


This year, the ladies are getting their heist on in a brand new film from the Ocean's series, Ocean's 8.

This is not a remake. I's a kind-of sequel but, more accurately, it's a spin-off set in the same 'world' as the Ocean's trilogy (2001– 2007), which starred George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. Like 2016's Ghostbusters reboot, Ocean's 8 features an all-female cast of A-listers, several of whom can be seen below.

It's directed by Gary Ross, who is most famous for being the director of the first Hunger Games blockbuster (2012). Ross was praised for his directing of a strong female lead in the form of Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen, so Ocean's 8 is therefore in good hands as far as incredibly smart, daring and sly female characters are concerned.

To perform what is probably the biggest heist seen in any of the films so far, there needs to be a cracking team fit for the job. Here's what you need to know about them.

Sandra Bullock is Debbie Ocean

The estranged sister of Danny Ocean (played by Frank Sinatra in the original Ocean's 11 from 1960 and George Clooney in the Ocean's trilogy), Debbie has been in jail for almost 6 years. While serving her time, she's hatched a heist plan and needs to recruit help. (She says, "It's what I'm good at".)

Bullock won an Oscar for her moving performance in racially-charged drama The Blind Side, and is famous for hit comedies like Miss Congeniality. She has also worked with George Clooney before: the pair starred in 2013's Oscar-winning sci-fi thriller Gravity together, a movie that generated worldwide acclaim and box office gold.

She's therefore ideally suited to play the suave Danny Ocean's sister. Bullock made it clear that Ocean's 8 is not "just for women. This is not a man-hating [film]. We love the men. There's men in this movie. We love them. But this one heist needs women".

Cate Blanchett is Lou

Lou is Debbie's friend who has been waiting for her prison release. With Debbie being full of extreme ideas, Lou brings her back down to earth and thinks plans through in better detail. Think of her as the Rusty (Brad Pitt) to Clooney's Danny. Quite simply, Lou ensures there are no mistakes.

Australian-born Blanchett has drawn acclaim for films as diverse as romantic drama Carol, Disney fairy tale reboot Cinderella and Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. More recently, she played Goddess of Death Hela in Marvel blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok to enjoyably scene-stealing effect. Like Bullock, Cate Blanchett is the owner of an Oscar, winning it for her performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, a role widely regarded as one her best.

Anne Hathaway is Daphne Kluger

Unlike Debbie and Lou, Daphne is not part of the heist. She's the target (or 'mark'). Daphne is a famous celebrity who is attending the real-life yearly fundraising benefit Met Gala, hosted at the Met in New York City. The event has a different theme each year and guests are expected to match their outfits to the theme. Daphne is known for donning expensive dresses and jewellery, which is why she's a key part of the heist.

An Oscar winner for her outstanding musical performance in 2012's Les Misérables, Anne Hathaway has also appeared in Christopher Nolan epics The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar. Portraying a famous celebrity in Ocean's 8 is perhaps a way of Hathaway poking fun at her own A-list image, and the likes of The Princess Diaries have already proven she's got the comedy chops required.

Mindy Kaling is Amita

Amita is a jeweller, which comes in handy when forging a fake of Daphne Kluger's necklace as part of the heist. Amita is tracked down by Debbie and offers her enough money to get her out of living with her overbearing mother.

You may recognise Mindy Kaling from recent Disney fantasy adventure A Wrinkle in Time where she played celestial being Mrs. Who, or as Kelly from the US version of The Office, which she also wrote. She also voiced emotion Disgust in Pixar's masterful, Oscar-winning animation Inside Out.

Sarah Paulson is Tammy

Every heist needs someone who can act the part, and that's Tammy. She can effortlessly play a role to help keep the plan moving. She's also been playing the role of harassed suburban mother prior to being drawn back into the heist fold by Debbie, so she's a crucial member of the team.

Sarah Paulson is an acclaimed actress who has played multiple roles in TV series American Horror Story. She also portrayed Marcia Clark in the award-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and chilled as the racist Mrs. Epps in the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave.

Awkwafina is Constance

To ensure the heist is not obvious to the general public, the gang need someone who can master sleight of hand, which is where Constance and her skills come into play. This heist is more than just a card trick though: the Met Gala is witnessed by thousands of people so Constance seriously needs to impress.

You might not have heard of Awkwafina before. She's a rapper and actress who released her debut album, Yellow Ranger, in February 2014. She's also got a strong YouTube following and has another musical project planned for later this summer.

Rihanna is Eight Ball

To pull off a heist with the world watching, certain technological advancements are required. That's Eight Ball's role. Played by superstar singer Rihanna (who was in last year's sci-fi adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets), Eight Ball looks naturally cool and we can't wait to see her in action.

Helena Bonham Carter is Rose

To pass as attendees of the glamourous Met Gala, these ladies need to look the part, which is where Rose's skills lie. She is an expert fashion designer, who can ensure that the girls slip into the event to crack on with the heist unnoticed.

Having appeared in numerous Tim Burton films (he was her former partner), plus the Harry Potter series (in which she played the delightfully evil Bellatrix Lestrange), Helena Bonham Carter is also known for her own eccentric fashion sense. Need we say more about why she's an inspired choice for the role?

With this star-studded, glamourous and hugely talented cast, this is one of the most anticipated films of the summer. If the latest trailer is anything to go by, Ocean's 8 will put a spin on the classic heist movie and creating something bigger and better when it's released on 22nd June.

Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.