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Jessica Chastain leaps into action in this exclusive The 355 image

Jessica Chastain in The 355
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The 355 began life as the brainchild of Jessica Chastain, the idea first coming to writer-director Simon Kinberg on the set of Dark Phoenix. “She had this germ of an idea,” recounts Kinberg to Total Film. The pair then spent their downtime on the X-Men shoot riffing about a team of international female agents who join forces to save the world. “We put together an outline, and at the same time we were going
to our dream cast with that basic barebones concept of an idea. And they all said yes.”

Joining Chastain’s CIA agent Mason ‘Mace’ Brown are Lupita Nyong’o’s MI6 tech specialist Khadijah, Diane Kruger’s rival German agent Marie, Fan Bingbing’s mysterious Chinese national Lin Mi Sheng, and Penélope Cruz as Colombian civilian Graciela. And while the movie explores their friendship, the "absolute thrust of this movie, tonally, was to make it feel real and grounded and intense and intimate,” says Kinberg asserts.

Above, see an exclusive image of Chastain leaping into action at a wharf where a forklift proves surprisingly useful. The 355 arrives in cinemas January 15, 2021. In the meantime, you can read the full interview with Kinberg in the latest issue of Total Film. Pick up a copy of the new issue (opens in new tab) when it hits shelves real and digital this Friday, November 13. Check out the new covers of Total Film below: the one on the right is on its way to subscribers right now:

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I'm the News Editor at Total Film magazine, running the opening pages of every issue where you can read exclusive interviews and see first-look images from the biggest films. I was previously the Community Editor at sci-fi, fantasy and horror movie bible SFX. You'll find my name on news, reviews, and interviews covering every type of movie, from the latest French arthouse release to the biggest Hollywood blockbuster. My work has also featured in Official PlayStation Magazine and Edge. Outside of my day job, I'm a FromSoft fanatic (proudest achievement: beating Malenia solo) and a TV connoisseur (translation: I'll watch anything).