James Corden Joining Female-Centric ‘Ocean’s Eight’

By January 17, 2017
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Late-night talk show host and comedian James Corden is returning to the movies. And this time it’s in a film co-starring Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock.

Corden has been cast in Ocean’s Eight, according to Variety, a spin-off of the ensemble heist franchise that started with Ocean’s Eleven in 2001 with George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

None of the original cast is expected to be in the new film, with the exception of Matt Damon reprising his role of Linus Caldwell from the earlier films. Instead, Ocean’s Eight will consist of a cast that includes Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Rihanna.

Oscar-nominated writer Gary Ross – known for films like 2012’s The Hunger Games and 2003’s Seabiscuit – is crafting the film’s story (and directing) alongside Olivia Milch.

Bullock’s character is the leader of a group of thieves and cons who try to pull off a major heist. Damian Lewis will play Bullock’s ex-lover, and the target of the gang’s robbery.

Lewis, who made his big Hollywood break in the Showtime series Homeland is currently the star of another series on that cable channel, Billions, with Paul Giamatti.

The earlier Ocean’s films are actually a reboot of Ocean’s 11 in 1960 that starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Although the newer films used Sinatra’s character name for Clooney, director Steven Soderbergh worked to keep the new film distinct from the classic.

Although the later films in the Ocean’s series – Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen – were not as big as Ocean’s Eleven, they still did solid worldwide box office, earning a combined $1.1 billion.

Corden, the host of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, has previous film experience in Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods as well as voicing characters in last year’s Trolls as well as upcoming films like The Emoji Movie and Peter Rabbit.

He’s also earned some geek cred, appearing in two episodes of Doctor Who as well as the animated comedy Planet 51 from 2009.

Ocean’s Eight is set for a June 2018 release.

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