Which brings us to the biggest weapon in Chastain's arsenal: the team of hard-hitting women who will join her. Fan Bingbing, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, and Lupita Nyong'o were on hand to celebrate their own involvement in 355.
Chastain came up with the concept for "355" herself.
Universal has beaten out multiple bidders to take USA rights on 355, the Simon Kinberg-directed global spy thriller franchise that will star Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing and Lupita Nyong'o.
355 is drawing comparisons to Mission: Impossible and Charlie's Angels and like those properties, the film is created to kickoff a franchise in the event it becomes a commercial success. The movie was unsurprisingly quick to land a big worldwide deal at the festival ahead of its official presentation this morning (at the time of writing).
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The superstars came together on the Croisette during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival to court global and domestic buyers to pick up "355", their proposed movie about a female spy in the vein of "The Bourne Identity". FilmNation Entertainment is handling global sales.
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"I have never seen an African woman intelligence agent", Nyong'o, who will play a gadget-obsessed character similar to Q in the Bond series. "What she uses to her advantage is [people] underestimating her". 355 will be the second film to be directed by Kinberg, who, after writing and producing so many X-Men films, made his directorial debut on X-Men: Dark Phoenix. CAA Film Finance, which also represents the Chinese distribution rights, brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. But instead she will topline what is hoped to be a franchise starter with 355.