Talk about a kick-ass female ensemble. Sandra Bullock and her Ocean’s 8 crew have some competition.
Deadline reports a female-driven spy espionage film in the vein of The Bourne Identity, Mission: Impossible and James Bond is in the works. Simon Kinberg will direct the film based on a script written by Theresa Rebeck.
Headlining the cast is Jessica Chastain who actually pitched the idea to Kinberg while they worked on X-Men: Dark Phoenix out in 2019. It was also Chastain who corralled the other actresses- Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard and Fan Bingbing. All five ladies will play international agents in the edgy action flick tentatively titled 355.
“I had so much fun working on The Help that I always wanted to do another female ensemble film,” Chastain told Deadline. “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,” Chastain said. “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.”
Read more about the project over at Deadline.