Cannes: Chastain’s female-led spy film sells to Universal

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Cannes: Chastain’s female-led spy film sells to Universal
Cannes: Chastain’s female-led spy film sells to Universal

CANNES, France (AP) – In one of the biggest sales of the Cannes Film Festival, Universal Pictures has acquired the female-led spy thriller “355,” which Jessica Chastain has promoted as an antidote to male-centered action films.

Universal on Saturday closed the sale of the highly touted project. Earlier this week, Chastain and co-stars Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o and Fan Bingbing posed for photographers and pitched the film to potential buyers.

Simon Kinberg, director of the upcoming X-Men film “Dark Phoenix,” in which Chastain co-stars, is slated to direct the film. With an approximate budget of $75 million, “355” was one of the highest-profile projects up for sale in Cannes, the world’s largest film market.

Deadline first reported the deal.

Actresses Fan Bingbing, from left, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o pose for photographers during a photo call for the film ‘355’ at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
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