For the past few months casting rumors have been circulating about the all-female “Ocean’s Eleven” spin-off, “Ocean’s Eight.” Now, Helena Bonham Carter, rumored to be a part of the Gary Ross-directed film, is speaking out.
“It’s a really good script — but I still don’t know if I’m going to be in it,” the actress told Entertainment Weekly. “But it’s a great script, and it’s great for women. Just hilarious.”
The screenplay is penned by Olivia Milch and according to reports, it’s a continuation of the George Clooney-led franchise, with Sandra Bullock playing Danny Ocean’s ex-con sister. Cate Blanchett, who will be the equivalent of Brad Pitt’s Rusty, is supposedly her right-hand woman. The storyline is that they will form a team to steal a necklace from the Met Ball in order to frame a villainous gallery owner. Elizabeth Banks and Mindy Kaling are also rumored to be part of the cast.
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“I’d better get on the phone,” she added. “I have no idea if I’m in it. I better go and find out…I’ve got to contact them because I’ve finally emerged from doing a big job.”
The actress recently finished filming her latest film “55 Steps,” a true story about Eleanor Riese, a mental illness patient who successfully sued the hospital in which she was being treated.
While details about “Ocean’s Eight” are being kept under wraps, Bonham Carter does support the project, even if she is or isn’t involved. “When everyone says, ‘Well, most characters in commercial films can just as easily be played by a woman,’ well, I can tell you, it’s true. That’s what they’ve just done with this,” she stated.