A Man Has Joined the Cast of Ocean's Eight, But at Least He's the Villain

The collage is finally complete. (Images via Warner Brothers, Getty)
The collage is finally complete. (Images via Warner Brothers, Getty)

When the all-female reboot of the Ocean’s franchise was announced earlier this year, I had high hopes. There could be a strong, powerful woman as Danny Ocean’s sister who recruits only women! A female screenwriter! A female director! Feminine idioms and phrases (i.e. “lady luck,” “a mother of a con”) whenever possible! An opening tracking shot that begins inside the female reproductive system—like the one Look Who’s Talking, but backwards! New York City streets populated exclusively by women and lined only with real-life versions of the cars from Cars, but only the characters who had female voice actors!

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But alas, the film is being directed by a man, co-written by a man, and now they’ve gone and added a man to the cast. Empire reports Wednesday that Homeland/Wolf Hall star Damian Lewis will have a major role in Ocean’s 8 as “the target of the robbery.”

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He’ll actually be Bullock’s former lover who is the subject of a little revenge plan – so we’re going to go ahead and assume he’s not exactly the nicest guy in the world. According to Variety, he’s been spotted on the set and is in a main role, not just a cameo...

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I’m so upset. But at least I finished my Ocean’s 8 collage.

Staff Writer, Jezebel | Man

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BathtubStu

Okay, so for a group of women to band together to pull off a complicated heist, it has to be because one of them has been scorned? Can’t it be straight business or just anti-hero stuff? Why do ALL of our action female stories need to be based on a romantic past?