Universal Pictures have released the new trailer for The 355, a spy thriller that follows a dream team of formidable female stars as they join forces in a hard-driving original approach to the globe-trotting espionage genre.
Led by Jessica Chastain as Mace, The 355 trailer also features Lupita Nyong’o as Khadijah, Penelope Cruz as Graciela, Diane Kruger as Marie, and Bingbing Fan as Lin Mi Sheng. When a deadly weapon falls into the hands of mercenaries, the female agents must band together in order to avoid World War III. Chastain started thinking about The 355 while doing research for Zero Dark Thirty and wound up pitching writer/director Simon Kinberg the concept while they were shooting Dark Phoenix.
When I was preparing for Zero Dark Thirty, I had incredible resources working in the CIA I got to learn from. We have a consultant in our film that has a lot of knowledge in espionage. This title came from one of the conversations I had with him. Agent 355 was the code name of a female spy during the American Revolution. She was one of the very first spies for the United States, and her identity is still unknown. For a lot of women who work in the CIA and other organizations like that, Code 355 is a universal slang term for female spy. It’s the invisible woman who was never named.
In addition to Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Bingbing Fan, The 355 also stars Edgar Ramirez and Sebastian Stan. Our own Chris Bumbray caught a look at the film during CinemaCon in Las Vegas earlier this year and said that it looked more like Mission: Impossible than The Bourne Identity.
The official synopsis for The 355:
When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, wild card CIA agent Mason “Mace” Brown (Oscar®-nominated actress Jessica Chastain) will need to join forces with rival badass German agent Marie (Diane Kruger, In the Fade), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Oscar® winner Penélope Cruz) on a lethal, breakneck mission to retrieve it, while also staying one-step ahead of a mysterious woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan, X-Men: Days of Future Past), who is tracking their every move. As the action rockets around the globe from the cafes of Paris to the markets of Morocco to the opulent auction houses of Shanghai, the quartet of women will forge a tenuous loyalty that could protect the world—or get them killed.
The 355 will hit theaters on January 7, 2022.