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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Jessica Chastain to Star in Simon Kinberg-Directed Spy Thriller 355

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This year's Cannes film festival brings some interesting news. It seems that Jessica Chastain has assembled an ensemble cast of actresses who will join her on the Croisette to promote an upcoming project that will be directed by "The Martian" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" writer Simon Kinberg.

The film is titled "355", which as Chastain explained in an interview is CIA slang for female spy (read the excerpt below), and will be a grounded, edgy action thriller that aims to alter a male-dominated genre with a true female ensemble. The all-star international cast also includes Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing and Lupita Nyong'o. The screenplay is written by Theresa Rebeck.

Kinberg and the cast will begin pitching their vision to international buyers at the Majestic Hotel on the Croisette.

To learn more about the project here are some excerpts from Chastain's interview:
"I had so much fun working on The Help that I always wanted to do another female ensemble film. I love the Bourne movies, the Mission: Impossible films, and wondered why, except for Charlie’s Angels, there hadn’t been a true female ensemble action-thriller spy film. That got my wheels going, along with the idea of casting actresses from all over the world to truly make it an international project. I realized the incredible creative freedom we would have with that. I brought the idea to Simon, told him about the actresses I was thinking of, and he was so sweet. He said, ‘I want to do it with you.

Then I called all the women, told them what I was envisioning and that I wanted it to be a collaborative process, and how we would all create this together. The one thing that felt important is that we all show up at Cannes, because that would be the beginning of our journey together. Every single actress I called said yes, on the phone call. They committed to Cannes and to everything. So far it has been a very wonderfully easy process.

When I was preparing for Zero Dark Thirty, I had incredible resources working in the CIA I got to learn from. We have a consultant in our film that has a lot of knowledge in espionage. This title came from one of the conversations I had with him. Agent 355 was the code name of a female spy during the American Revolution. She was one of the very first spies for the United States, and her identity is still unknown. For a lot of women who work in the CIA and other organizations like that, Code 355 is a universal slang term for female spy. It’s the invisible woman who was never named."





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