UPDATE: Even though Damian was confirmed on 12/06/2016 to be a part of Ocean’s Eight, he withdrew from the project probably due to schedule conflicts. Richard Armitage took over the role Damian was reported to play in the movie.
We reported more than a month ago about Damian Lewis being spotted on Ocean’s Eight movie set. We got no word about Damian being in the movie previously and so we were surprised to find out he was on the set. Well, to be honest, my first thought was that he could be visiting one of the cast members, because I never thought he would be in the movie. Damian has been filming Billions Season 2 in NYC and I don’t think an actor can manage to shoot a TV show and a movie simultaneously… well, unless he has a time-turner (Harry Potter, anyone?) 😀
But then an Anne Hathaway fan account tweeted both Dakota Fanning and Damian Lewis were on the set that day for cameo appearances and everything made perfect sense at the time!
But now… we are getting word that Damian’s appearance in the movie is much more than a cameo! Variety reports that Damian has just joined the cast of Ocean’s Eight with an (almost) all-female cast including Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Sarah Paulson. Well, do I need to say more about this totally kick-ass bunch? Ocean’s Eight, in director Gary Ross‘ words, is an “extension and a continuation” of Ocean’s Trilogy and I would say it is likely to make every “highly anticipated movies of the year” list for 2018. No, it is not a typo. Ocean’s Eight is slated to be released on June 8, 2018.
Sandra Bullock’s character being Danny Ocean’s sister in the movie links Ocean’s Eight to Ocean’s Trilogy. And, in a like brother like sister manner, Bullock’s character is the leader of a group of female thieves and cons who will work on pulling off a major heist. According to Variety, Damian is playing Bullock’s character’s ex-lover and the target for the big theft that is believed to take place at the Annual Met Gala. ScreenRant speculates that given the plot involves the fashion world, Damian could potentially be someone important in the industry. Regardless what he does for a living in the movie though, knowing that kick-ass women are his specialty in his real as well as in screen life, we just hope he will not be an easy target 🙂
I cannot help wonder, as I am writing this, even if it is for a couple of minutes, if Damian would have a scene with Cate Blanchett. I already declared way earlier here that if I had to name one actress that I wanted to see with Damian in a movie, she is Cate Blanchett. I LOVE HER. And look at this press room love between the two of them at the recent Gotham Awards in New York and do not crave a movie with the two of them if you can. Pretty Please!
— Emily Longeretta (@emilylongeretta) November 29, 2016
Watch this space for more information about Ocean’s Eight. In the meantime, JaniaJania rightly points out in her tweet that sweater weather never looked better than it did on Ocean’s Eight set late October.
Sweater weather never looked better. pic.twitter.com/Krol7JnRI0
— JaniaJania (@zarqa) October 27, 2016