Deadline reported yesterday that Sarah Paulson is in early talks to join the cast of Oceans 8. They’ve confirmed 7 so far. Production is scheduled to begin in October. Most of Sarah’s acclaimed work the last few years has been on television. But she was f-cking devastating in 12 Years A Slave. This is her time. She’s the favourite to win the Emmy for her performance as Marcia Clark in The People vs OJ Simpson. She’ll be in Ryan Murphy’s Feud playing Geraldine Page and now she could be rounding out the list of female crooks. Sarah is 41 years old. And, again, this is her time. Which is encouraging. Because the narrative used to be that a woman’s career slowed down in her 30s.
So here’s what Oceans 8 will look like, if Sarah does get the part:
Sandra Bullock, 52
Helena Bonham Carter 50
Cate Blanchett, 47
Sarah Paulson, 41
Mindy Kaling, 37
Anne Hathaway, 33
Two women in their 50s, two in their 40s, two in their 30s, two in their 20s. Three of them are women of colour. Some are mothers, some are single, some are sexually fluid. No, none of the women are in their 60s and beyond. But if we’re checking boxes, this film is checking a lot more boxes than most. Most movies don’t even think to check the boxes. I can see the effort being made here and the consideration involved. I hope it’s OK to say I appreciate it.