Jessica Chastain Announces Spy Thriller 355 Has Begun Production

Jessica Chastain has announced that production is underway on the spy thriller 355. An original project based on Chastain's own idea, 355 gets its title from the code name for a real-life female spy who served in the American Revolutionary War. The movie was announced at last year's Cannes Film Festival with a big-name cast that, in addition to Chastain, included Lupita Nyong'o, Penélope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, and Marion Cotillard, with Chastain's X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg calling the shots from Smash creator Theresa Rebeck's script.

Obviously, a lot's happened since then - namely, Bingbing returned to acting after disappearing in the midst of a tax evasion scandal, Cotillard dropped out of 355, and Dark Phoenix crashed and burned at the box office last month. Nevertheless, the project has continued to move forward in that time and even added Diane Kruger, Sebastian Stan, and Édgar Ramírez to its already-loaded cast. And while a release date has yet to be announced by its North American distributor Universal, the film has now officially begun shooting.

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Chastain took to her social media accounts today to confirm that production has gotten underway on 355. She even posted a video of Kinberg, herself, and her costars both traveling to and training on the movie's set, as you can see below.

355, which is nowadays the general slang used to refer to female spies, reportedly revolves around a group of international women agents who join forces to stop a criminal organization from initiating a plan that would further destabilize the world. Chastain previously said that she wants the film to be a pretty grounded and realistic thriller in the vein of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (aka. the film that earned Chastain her first Oscar nod for a lead performance). The video she posted leaves a similar impression, as it shows her and her costars hard at work refining their marksmanship and practical fighting skills. It's reminiscent of the training that Keanu Reeves does for every John Wick movie, which is certainly encouraging.

Following his not-so-successful feature debut on Dark Phoenix, 355 also gives Kinberg an opportunity to rebound and really demonstrate his mettle as a filmmaker. No doubt, he will benefit from both the lessons he learned making the last X-Men movie and from having several talented women working on both sides of the camera to help guide him along the way. Presumably, with shooting getting underway this month, Universal has an eye on releasing 355 sometime around mid-late 2020, and possibly even a prime summer date. It certainly has the star-power to justify a summer launch, but for now everyone will just have to wait and see.

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