Putting her money where her mouth is, Jessica Chastain’s production company Freckle Films is dedicated to bringing more diversity to the male-dominated Hollywood marketplace, and for her next project, she’s crafted quite a spy thriller dream team.
In a new project titled 355, Chastain will star alongside Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o and Fan Bingbing, and Penelope Cruz. Set to be directed by Simon Kinberg and scripted by Theresa Rebeck, based on Chastain’s own idea, the film finds the five stars playing spies from international agencies around the world. Throughout the film they must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to use all their considerable talents and training to stop a global organization from acquiring a weapon that could thrust our teetering world into total chaos. Along the way, these strangers and enemies become comrades and friends, and a new faction is formed – code-named “355” (a name they adopt from the first female spy in the American Revolution).
“Some of my greatest experiences are being part of an ensemble, both on stage as well as in films. I see creating something like 355 as an opportunity and privilege to assemble a diverse group of women, all of whom have greatly influenced the film industry through their work, to join together equally and explore the bad ass world of international espionage and thrillers,” said Chastain. “I have always loved films in this genre: Three Days of the Condor, the Jason Bourne franchise to the Bond films, and having the opportunity to create this world with these stellar actresses and Simon Kinberg is truly a dream.”
There’s no word yet on when 355 will head into production, but with a set director, cast, and script, we imagine it’ll be soon.