Universal’s trailer for The 355 assembles an all-star team of women spies for a mission with global stakes.
The trailer opens with Jessica Chastain’s “wild card” CIA agent Mason/Mace Brown explaining that the term 355 comes from “George Washington’s first female spy during the [American] Revolution. They called her Agent 355 because they didn’t want the world to know a real name. But her legacy lives on.”
From there, the trailer shows Mace joining forces with “rival badass” German agent Marie (Diane Kruger), former MI6 ally and “cutting-edge” computer specialist Khadijah (Lupita Nyong’o) and “skilled” Colombian psychologist Graciela (Penélope Cruz) on a globe-trotting mission to retrieve a “top-secret” weapon that’s fallen into mercenary hands. Also along for the ride is Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan), a “mysterious woman” who’s tracking Mace and her associates.
Chastain reunites with X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg on The 355, drawing from a script co-written by Kinberg and Theresa Rebeck (2004’s Catwoman, NBC’s Smash), based on a story credited to Rebeck. “I had so much fun working on The Help that I always wanted to do another female ensemble film,” said Chastain in May 2018. “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.’”
The 355 was originally supposed to open in January but saw its release date pushed back late last year in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s currently the first wide theatrical release scheduled for 2022, with the slasher sequel Scream and Sony’s Spider-Man adjacent Morbius film — starring Jared Leto as the Living Vampire — slated to arrive just a few weeks after.
Sebastian Stan and Édgar Ramírez also co-star in The 355 as, respectively, Mace’s colleague Nick and Luis, a Colombian agent. Universal will premiere the film in U.S. theaters on Jan. 7, 2022.
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