While we’re sure longtime Ocean’s fans were sad that neither Reiner nor Damon made the final cut, there were a couple of cameos from franchise alums that did make it into the movie.
The first comes early in the film. After Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is released from prison, she visits the grave of her brother, Danny, who we learn died several years earlier. While memorializing her brother, she’s visited by Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), one of Danny’s team members from the previous three films. Reuben attempts to dissuade Debbie from carrying out whatever heist she’s planning now that she’s free. Thankfully, Debbie disregards his advice and carries on.
After Debbie and her crew successfully get away with the stollen Toussaint, a flashback scene reveals that the criminal mastermind had an even bigger heist planned than just stealing one necklace. It’s then that we see the Amazing Yen (Shaobo Qin), an acrobat who helped Danny with his heist in Ocean’s Eleven, making quick work of the security systems at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to replace an entire display’s worth of diamond jewelry with worthless replicas.
Even though both of these cameos were exciting and fit well with the story, we’re hoping that Ross considers releasing the Reiner Cut of Ocean’s 8 with the dearly departed comedian’s role added back in.