Which Characters Are Gay In the New “Oceans 8” Trailer? (All of Them)

A new trailer has finally — FINALLY — dropped for Ocean’s 8 a.k.a. Ocean’s Gayt a.k.a. Good God If None Of The Women Are Gay In This Movie Then I Am Going To Take To The Streets.

In December of 2016, I posited that Cate Blanchett is most certainly playing a coat-loving lesbian heistmaster, and the film’s first trailer added fuel to that gay fire by making it look like Blanchett and Sandra Bullock’s characters are most definitely exes who are reconnecting through elaborate crimes. Plus, Blanchett crosses her legs in the trailer in a way that is just simply gay — no follow-up questions. Erin took it a step further, ranking of every character in the Ocean’s 8 trailer by top energy.

The new trailer includes some very important moments like Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock scheming in trenches that could give Atomic Blonde a run for its money, Cate Blanchett wearing a vest, Rihanna playing with a pool ball in an incredibly erotic way, Sarah Paulson wearing various Mommi sweaters, Cate Blanchett pretty much straddling Rihanna while wearing a blue velvet blazer?! Is this the stylish queer heist movie I have been waiting my whole life for? GOD I HOPE SO.

But perhaps even more important than the new trailer, which I’ve already watched eight times, are the new character spotlights that came out yesterday. This one stands out in particular:

Here we learn that Blanchett’s character is named Lou. Lou! This is perhaps the gayest news to come out of the movie so far. A straight woman going by Lou? Sounds fake.

And then here, Sarah Paulson pronounces “gala” as “gayla.” Sounds like she is speaking in coded lesbianism to me tbh.

Ocean’s 8 comes out (if u know what I mean) on June 8, 2018, and I have never been more ready for anything in my life.

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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  1. I failed to bring my headphones to work today and I am so upset! However, I have watched the trailer multiple times now without sound and the visuals alone are swoon-worthy.

  2. imagine the deal cate blanchett made with the goddess of the sea and the light to get a fucking face like that i mean just imagine it.

  3. I feel like people are focusing so much on Cate that they’re forgetting about Helena Bonham Carter. I have my money on her being the movie’s gay-la

  4. The decision to cast Anne “Has Never Once Pinged” Hathaway as the Straight Foil to allllllll these queerdos is INSPIREDDDDDDDDD

  5. Wasn’t Anne Hathaway’s character named Daphne? I’ve met two other Daphnes in real life and they were definitely not straight, so my money is on Hathaway.

  6. Judging by the way Bullock walks I think she’s the lesbian!

    I mean if this movie has no queer women it’ll be the greatest disappointment of the year for sure.

    It’ll condemn us to fix that with lots of gifs and fics for the rest of our lives and that’s very unfair!

  7. Well if PLL has taught me anything it’s that out of four female characters one is gay so my money is on Cate and Sarah

  8. It’s 20GAYTEEN ya’ll, and if none of these characters is a lesbian, I am rioting. At least I know there will be some fanfic to comfort me.

  9. Does anybody else get mad Shane vibes from Lou? Like if Shane grew up and got a better job and was blonde

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