The 355 is a spy movie starring women, with an international cast with great actresses such as Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o, and Penelope Cruz.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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It is written by Theresa Rebeck, famous Broadway playwright, and Simon Kinberg, screenwriter for the X-Men film franchise, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Sherlock Holmes. The 355 movie promises to be a significant success.
Jessica Chastain is a producer on this film as well as a star. She plays Mace, an exceptionally gifted and talented CIA agent, who can often go off the books and follow her code and her perception of what is correct. Mace's great ally is Lupita's character, Khadijah, a cyber-intelligence operator who continually seeks justice and fairness.
Lupita is known for her role as Nakia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther. She also starred as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and as Raksha in the Disney classic The Jungle Book.
Another great cast member is Diane Kruger, a European actress and former fashion model who plays the character of Marie, a rival German agent. Marie and Mace have a strong dislike for each other initially. Still, they come to appreciate each other's skills and talents.
Penelope Cruz, of Spanish origin, plays a Colombian character in the film. Although there has been a significant outcry claiming that the producers could have easily chosen a Colombian actress, Jessica Chastain defends the decision.
The actress and producer told Variety: "I brought [Penelope] the idea that I could play a fervent agent from Brazil. She mentioned that it would not be right for her to play a character from Brazil, since the majority language is Portuguese ". She then added: "I realized that Colombia has a rich ethnic heritage, with approximately 80% of the population having mixed European or European heritage."
Penelope plays Graciela, an expert Colombian psychologist. Another female lead in The 355 is Fan Bingbing, a Chinese actress and model who plays Lin Mi Sheng, a secret agent who remains mysterious throughout the film.
These female spies will be tested beyond what they thought their capabilities were. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jessica Chastain said: "My goal and dream for The 355 is that we just accept the fact that women are amazing, strong and tough. It has nothing to do with being male or female. It just has to do with being the best. "
The name of the movie is those specific numbers because 355 was the codename of the first female spy during the American Revolution. Nobody knows her real name until today. The film honors women in espionage in the United States by showing their work behind the scenes.
According to the producer, women are at the forefront of spying in real life, but she was concerned that male casts would dominate most spy movies.
A curious fact is that London was the place where the producers shot the film, and they had to finish half of it during the pandemic. Fortunately, no one on the team was infected.
The trailer has been a success; The 355 movie opens in theaters on January 15, 2021 when we can appreciate this interesting perspective.