Cate Blanchett calculates her risks in ‘Ocean’s 8’

June 13th, 2018
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In Warner Bros. Pictures’ heist thriller “Ocean’s 8,” Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock)—just released from prison—has been concocting the greatest heist of her storied career. The first person with whom Debbie connects is her old partner in crime, Lou, played by two-time Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”).

“Debbie has to coax Lou back into that world,” Bullock relates. “She wastes no time, going right in with her plan, and has to somehow convince Lou that what she’s come up with is good enough to risk the life that she has built while Debbie was incarcerated.”

Blanchett says, “Debbie needs a sure hand, someone she can rely on, and they’ve got a long history together. Lou’s gone straight…or straight-ish…running a nightclub. She is doing okay, but it’s not particularly exciting. I think that’s why she decides to jump back in with Debbie—for the ridiculous, danger-filled adrenaline of it all. She’s doing fine, but it’s not exciting and she’s not with her peeps.”

Producer Steven Soderbergh remarks, “There are simply no limits to what Cate can do; she has a phenomenal range. She can say more with a glance than with an entire page of dialogue, which was ideal for Lou.”

“There is no one quite like Cate,” adds director Gary Ross. “You see her assemble a character, piece by piece, latching onto these details that catch her eye as she builds them into a whole person. It’s a thrill to witness.”

The opportunity to work with other actresses became a major draw for Blanchett. She confirms, “When Gary and Steven started talking about the cast they were assembling, that was the absolute ‘why’ for me. It really is an amazing group of women, and it was just great to play with them.”

About “Ocean’s 8”

Five years, eight months, 12 days…and counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock)—just released from prison—has been concocting the greatest heist of her storied career.

She knows what it’s going to take—a team of the best in their field, starting with her former partner-in-crime Lou (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists: jeweler Amita (Kaling); street con Constance (Awkwafina); expert fence Tammy (Paulson); hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna); and fashion designer Rose Weil (Bonham Carter).

The target is $150 million in diamonds—diamonds that will adorn the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger (Hathaway), who will be center stage at the event of the year, The Met Gala.

Their plan appears rock solid, but it will need to be flawless if the team is to get in and get away—all in plain sight.

In Philippine cinemas June 13, “Ocean’s 8” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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