Hold on to your valuables, because Ocean’s Eight, Warner Bros.’ all-female installment in theOcean’sfranchise, just got a major dose of star power. Deadline reports that Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Nora Lum (an actress and rapper who goes by the name Awkwafina) are all in final talks to join the cast under the direction of Gary Ross. The five new faces will join Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in the spinoff of the Ocean’s trilogy (itself a remake of the1960 Rat Pack film).
If you’re counting, that brings the caper’s team of powerful ladies up to seven—assuming, of course, that all of these women will be part of the inevitable heist. So who should take the coveted eighth spot? Here are a few suggestions.
Our love of Kate McKinnon is already well-documented, so we won’t rehash it here. Suffice it to say that while Bonham Carter will probably have the heist team’s oddball role on lock, McKinnon would bring her signature goofiness—and those dimples.
The Algerian-French actress recently starred as Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond, but she originally got her start as a hip-hop dancer. Someone with that kind of flexibility would be a major asset on a heist, as acrobat Shaobo Quin was in the Ocean’s trilogy.
Rumors that Banks would be joining the cast have been circling for months, but her name was conspicuously absent from this list. Banks and director Gary Ross have a long working relationship from 2003's Seabiscuit to the more recent Hunger Games movies, so she still seems like a likely contender. Since Bullock and Blanchett have now snagged what are likely the leading roles, Banks would be best suited for a strong supporting part like Elliott Gould had in the 2001 film, as a casino mogul persuaded into helping take down a rival.
The Orange is the New Black actress is a clear standout of the Netflix show for her incredible vulnerability and impeccable comedic timing as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. But outside of the prison dramedy she’s been criminally underused, and it would be nice to see her out of the jumpsuit for a change—with a part that still shows off her comedy chops, like Eddie Jemison’s tech nerd who prefers a computer screen to social interaction.
Speaking of Orange Is the New Black, Kate Mulgrew, who plays tough-as-nails Red, would also make an excellent addition to the ensemble. Ocean’s Eleven had Carl Reiner as an old-time con artist recruited for his experience—at 61, Mulgrew is a little young to be pulled out of retirement in quite the same way, but between Star Trek and OITNB, she knows a thing or two about chaperoning a team of misfits.