Universal Acquires Jessica Chastain Spy Movie ‘355’


In addition to being among the best actresses in the business, few are doing more for equal rights in Hollywood than Jessica Chastain. Besides being a voice for change in the industry, Chastain is putting her money where her mouth is. Not content to simply Tweet and wear pins at awards shows, the talented actress is actively developing content to support her colleagues. Over at the Cannes Film Festival, Chastain has seen a bidding war spark up for her female spy film “355,” which has her leading an ensemble. Well, a studio has emerged from the south of France to handle the flick.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has landed “355” at Cannes. They’ve now got domestic rights to the movie, which will have a substantial budget, in excess of $75 million. Simon Kinberg is directing Chastain from a script by Theresa Rebeck. The other ladies involved here are Fan Bingbing, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, and Lupita Nyong’o. While some talk about a gender swapped James Bond project in the future, Chastain could be doing her own version here. Plus, she’s gotten some A-list talent to join here. This could be a really fun film coming to us in a year or two.

THR has the following details to share:

Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing and Lupita Nyong’o star in the James Bond-esque spy pic.

Heading into the market, the Simon Kinberg-helmed 355 was expected to cause the biggest stir given the star power of the quintet, each bringing in a fanbase from a disparate box-office territory, most importantly Fan, who is one of the biggest stars in China.

There’s no script yet, but the plot is said to revolve around five spies from agencies around the world who form their own team, dubbed 355. Theresa Rebeck (Catwoman) is writing the screenplay.

“355” seems like a potential new franchise for Chastain and company. A spy team consisting of these women? Sign me up. In fact, this could be something to really look forward to. It’s still about a year away at least (the script still needs to be written, after all), but with Universal on board, production should move quickly. Additionally, this could bring about more films of this ilk. So, it’s a win all around.