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The 355: Lupita Nyong’o Talks Starring In Upcoming Female-Led Espionage Thriller

Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o joins an ensemble of fierce female spies – The 355. Named after one of the first woman spies in the United States during the American Revolution, the elite group of agents embarks on a mission to stop a criminal organization from launching a cyber attack that would cause global disruption.

Directed by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) from a script written by Theresa Kinberg, the film also stars Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Diane Cruger, Bingbing Fan, Sebastian Stan, and Edgar Ramirez.

Nyong’o portrays an MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist named Khadijah, a role written specifically for the Oscar winner. “There was no auditioning; the roles were developed for us,” she told HM.

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Penélope Cruz, Jessica Chastain, Diane Cruger, and Lupita Nyong’o | ‘The 355’

The cast came together before everything else in making The 355. Nyong’o shared that producer-star Chastain initially reached out to her with just an idea, “There was no script, there was no writer, there was just her and Simon Kinberg who was going to direct it,” the actress said, “So the actors came into this before the script. Then the writers went off and came back with these characters that we played.”

Although the movie landscape may seem oversaturated with spy flicks, The 355 attempts to bring forth a fresh perspective on how women in action films ought to be portrayed. During her interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chastain revealed the inspiration behind the film was to create something that simply did not exist. “I was seeing all these films with male action ensembles, but I’d never really seen a female action ensemble that took itself seriously [and] didn’t make it silly that girls were actually good at the job,” the Oscar nominee said. “My experience on making Zero Dark Thirty, I discovered how many women are in espionage and how often they’re utilized. It kind of started from there, and I just went with a wish list of who I thought were the best actresses working today.”

Nyong’o was one of the sought-after talents Chastain decided to pursue. The unique direction of what was, at the time, a project in development appealed to her deeply. “It just felt really fresh, like it was filling a gap that I didn’t even know existed. I think that’s what makes it special and different.”

Viewers will get the chance to follow the thrilling mission of the fearless spy quintet in theaters this Friday, January 7. Watch the full trailer below.

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Honors The Late Chadwick Boseman (Video)

Marvel has finally released the official trailer for the highly anticipated sequel of Black Panther. The 2-minute video features new and returning characters and unveils a special tribute to Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa.

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The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on November 11.

Watch the trailer above.

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‘Beast’: Idris Elba is Battling a Vicious Lion in Upcoming Action Thriller

Idris Elba is stepping into the lion’s den in this newly released action-packed trailer.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Beast follows Dr. Nate Samuels (Elba), a widowed husband and a father of two daughters (Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries), whom he brings with him to South Africa to visit a friend (Sharlto Copley). However, the family trip takes a wrong turn when they face a deadly lion.

Watch Elba fight the beast to save his family in theaters on August 19. In the meantime, check out the trailer above.

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‘Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul’: Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall Rebuild Southern Baptist Megachurch After Scandal

Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown star in the upcoming mockumentary Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul.

Written and directed by Adamma Ebo and executive produced by Jordan Peele, the comedy gives a satirical glimpse into the Southern Baptist community. Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Brown) tries to recover and rebuild his congregration after a scandal forced the church to close temporarily. Meanwhile, his wife, Trinitie Childs (Hall), is fighting to reclaim her throne as the church’s first lady.

The cast includes Nicole Beharie, Conphidance, Austin Crute, Devere Rogers, Robert Yatta, and Greta Glenn.

The comedy initially premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is set to be released in theaters and on Peacock on September 2. Watch the trailer above.

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