Cate Blanchett Could Star In The All-Female ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ Alongside Sandra Bullock
Talk of an all-female Ocean’s Eleven remake with Sandra Bullock has been circulating for months now, but it just got a little more interesting. The Playlist reports Cate Blanchett might be joining the Ocean’s Eleven cast as a fellow frontwoman: the Brad Pitt to Bullock’s George Clooney. If that’s true, I hope Blanchett is eating something in every scene like Pitt, just going to town on a big bowl of nachos.
The remake will be overseen by Hunger Games director Gary Ross, making it the latest installment of Feminist Remakes Directed By Men (following Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters). No other casting news has emerged yet, although Jennifer Lawrence was previously rumored to be on board; however, she apparently has a scheduling conflict, so that may not pan out.
With all due respect to Lawrence, I’m not sure I want to see her in the main cast of this movie. One of the selling points of the remake thus far is the ages of the lead actresses. Bullock is 51 and Blanchett is 47, which in Hollywood years is ancient for women. Once actresses pass 40, they get marginalized into the stereotypical roles of mother, cougar, tragically single spinster, then dead old lady. You rarely get to see an action or heist movie fronted by middle-aged women, or any movie with multiple women whose ages reflect their expertise for that matter.
The working title/nickname of the remake is “Ocean’s Ocho,” suggesting that there are only eight main conwomen involved. What happened to the other three? Surely there are at least nine women who can stand beside Bullock and Blanchett to pull off the heist of the century — ideally, nine women in their age bracket or older, because you don’t get to be a great conwoman without years of experience.
Also, ideally some women of color. I’ve got nothing against either actress, but come on — it’s 2016. “White ladies” is not the revolutionary idea it once was. Actresses of color like Viola Davis, Archie Panjabi, Lucy Liu, Mindy Kaling, and Kerry Washington are fronting major screen franchises. Granted, these are mostly on the small screen for now, but that can change. Give them a chance to kick back against The Man by cracking some safes.
Basically, I’d love to see this movie reject excessive youth and whiteness in favor of age and color, because stepping out of marginalization shouldn’t just be for white actresses — it should be for everyone. This new Ocean’s Eleven/Ocho could be an excellent avenue for making that happen.