Tuesday, May 28, 2024

All Female “Oceans” Movie: Elizabeth Banks Out, Anne Hathaway In, Along with Rihanna, And Chinese Rapper Awkwafina


I told you a few weeks ago that director Gary Ross had secured Elizabeth Banks for his all female “Oceans” heist movie. Now there are reports that Anne Hathaway is in, which means Banks is out as a member of the pack. Hmmm…Hollywood deals are crazy no?

I also told you that Mindy Kaling was in, which is true as well as Helena Bonham Carter. Rihanna, the pop star, is also in. So is a woman named Awkwafina, aka Nora Lum, a Chinese actress who was in “Neighbors 2.” I’m sure she’s lovely, but you’re going to see more and more relatively unknown (to Americans) Chinese and Asian actresses in these big studio movies. The studios are pitching now directly to the Chinese audience in China, where box office receipts are coveted.

Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett still lead “Oceans 8” which will film after Blanchett finishes a short Broadway run this winter. The big question is: will George Clooney have a cameo? My guess is: absolutely. And Brad Pitt might not be far behind.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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