Jessica Chastain has shared a behind-the-scenes look at principal photography for her forthcoming female-led spy thriller 355 in an Instagram video.
Directed by Simon Kinberg, 355 stars Diane Kruger, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o and Fan Bingbing as spies from international agencies banding together to stop a massive organization from throwing the world into chaos.
In the video, Chastain explains that the idea to create a female-led ensemble action film first came to her while filming X-Men: Dark Phoenix with Kinberg. She then says that she “called all the actresses” and “we are the studio. Everyone owns the film and now we’re making it.” Later, the video shows glimpses of the actresses’ combat and firearm training, the cast hashing out the script at a round-table read and ensemble screen tests.
Production has undergone significant changes since Universal acquired the U.S. rights to the film in May 2018. Fan found herself embroiled in a Chinese tax evasion scandal, and the project lost key financing from China’s Huayi Brothers Media, lost one of its original stars in Marion Cotillard, and added Kruger, Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez to its lineup.
A release date has yet to be set for the forthcoming film, but seeing it’s the pet project of an acclaimed action director and an Oscar-winning ensemble cast, smart money says it’ll be worth the wait.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video below.
Principal photography for @355movie has officially commenced! #High5for355
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