Oceans 8
Many people assumed Anne Hathaway would be playing a thief opposite co-stars Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett. But could she be playing the heist's target instead? New set photos suggest so Getty Images

As more Hollywood A-listers have been linked to Warner Brothers' all-female Ocean's 11 spin-off, many assumed the actors listed were going to be thieves in the movie. You can't have an Ocean's movie without con artists, after all. However, now the cast of Ocean's Eight are being spotted on set in New York City, certain images are challenging the assumption; particularly regarding Anne Hathaway's character...

In recent-papped shots, the focus is heavily on Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett. In a few photographs, the trio can be seen getting out of a yellow taxi cab with an ad on the top of it and surprisingly, Hathaway's face is on said ad. Fans have now begun to suggest the Oscar-winner will be playing some sort of 'celebrity' in the upcoming film and could even potentially be the victim of the lead's inevitable heist.

In the rebooted sequel, Bullock will reportedly play Danny Ocean's (George Clooney in the original) ex-con sister, who enlists her right-hand woman (Blanchett, playing the equivalent of Brad Pitt's Rusty) to make up a team of thieves.

Their planned mission? To steal a valuable necklace from the Met Ball in order to frame the villainous gallery owner (or so the latest rumours on the plot have claimed anyway).

It's been revealed that Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and Sarah Paulson will also be starring opposite Hathaway, Bonham Carter, Blanchett and Bullock and it's pretty clear that those names add up to eight. In previous franchise outings, the number in the movie's title corresponds exactly to the number of con artists so – in Ocean's 8 –speculators initially argued it would be impossible for Hathaway to be the victim because that would leave only seven cons...

However, a brand new batch of onset photos have revealed Dakota Fanning – an actor who hasn't been linked to the project before – begging the question, could she be the eighth member of the group of criminals instead? Leaving Hathaway to be the wealthy socialite that the women make their target. It's doesn't seem too far-fetched.

The Hunger Games's Gary Ross is set to direct the picture while screenwriter Olivia Milch (Dude) reportedly worked with him on the latest script. Steven Soderbergh, who helmed Ocean's Eleven, is involved as producer. The film is currently aiming to be released in US cinemas on 8 June 2018.

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