Category: Projects

Nov
23

Press /News: Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o Spy Thriller ‘The 355’ Moves Back a Year

Variety — Universal’s “The 355,” a female-led heist thriller starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o and Diane Kruger, has pushed its release date back a year.

The movie was initially set to open in theaters on Jan. 15, 2021, and will now debut on Jan. 14, 2022.

Simon Kinberg directed “The 355” from a script he wrote with Theresa Rebeck. The globe-trotting espionage thriller follows a group of international spies — a brigade that also includes Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing — who team up to stop a potentially world-altering event. Together, the five women form a faction called “355,” a nod to the assembly of female spies that united during the American Revolution. Edgar Ramirez and Sebastian Stan round out the cast.

Universal Pictures nabbed “The 355” after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. The studio reportedly paid more than $20 million for domestic distribution rights.

Like every Hollywood studio, Universal has been forced to shake up the release calendar numerous times during the pandemic. The studio recently moved “Fast & Furious” sequel “F9” to mid-2021, while “Jurassic World: Dominion” was postponed to June of 2022.

A majority of U.S. movie theaters have closed down again as attendance remains flat and coronavirus cases continue to surge. But thanks to a groundbreaking deal forged with major movie theater chains AMC and Regal, Universal is one of the few studios that has continued to release films in recent months. Among the studio’s titles still on schedule for 2020 are the animated sequel “The Croods: A New Age” on Thanksgiving and the Tom Hanks-led Western drama “News of the World” on Christmas Day.

Oct
29

Press/News: Sebastian Stan Set To Star With Daisy Edgar-Jones In Legendary’s Social Thriller ‘Fresh’

Deadline.com — Legendary has set Sebastian Stan to star opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones in the Lauryn Kahn-scripted social thriller Fresh. Mimi Cave is directing, and Hyperobject Industries’ Adam McKay and Kevin Messick are producing. Production is set to begin in January.

The film’s storyline is being kept under wraps.

Stan will next be seen in the Simon Kinberg-directed The 355, and his work includes I, Tonya, Endings Beginnings, Destroyer and his portrayal of The Winter Soldier in the Avengers Marvel Universe.

Stan is repped by CAA, Brookside Artist Management, Relevant and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

Oct
11

Press/Video: ‘The 355’ Cast Interview | Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass (‘355’ NYCC Panel)

Youtube – Join stars Jessica Chastain, Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger (In The Fade), and Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past) for Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass panel, moderated by EW’s Devan Coggan, as they discuss this groundbreaking, breakneck new film and the dangers and thrills of launching a new global vision for the 21st century action film.

In the spirit of Bond and Bourne, Universal Pictures’ The 355′ (in theatres Jan. 15) is an action-packed espionage thriller, conceived and produced by Oscar® nominee Jessica Chastain, directed by genre-defying filmmaker Simon Kinberg, and starring a jaw-dropping cast of some of the most powerful female actors in film history.

‘The 355’ also stars Oscar® winner Penélope Cruz, Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramírez.

Oct
06

Press/Video: All-Woman Spy Film ‘The 355’ Releases First Trailer

Variety

Universal Pictures’ “The 355,” a woman-led spy thriller starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing and Penelope Cruz, has released a first trailer for the film, which is set for a theatrical release on Jan. 15, 2021.

The movie follows a team of spies from various international agencies who must band together to prevent brewing conflicts and halt an incident that could send shockwaves through the world. The women put aside rivalries and distrust to form a faction, code-named “355” after the first woman spy in the American Revolution. Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramírez also co-star.

The film’s Twitter account teased the trailer’s release with posters of each of the leads, with Chastain playing Mace, Nyong’o as Khadijah, Cruz as Graciela, Kruger as Marie and Fan as Lin Mi Sheng. The women hail from the United States, United Kingdom, Colombia, Germany and China, respectively. Following the release of the posters, some fans expressed dismay at Cruz’s represented nation, as the actor is of Spanish not Colombian descent.

Simon Kinberg will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Theresa Rebeck. Chastain and Kelly Carmichael will serve as producers for the actor’s Freckle Films, along with Kinberg for his Genre Films. Richard Hewitt (“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Theory of Everything”) is set to executive produce.

Chastain first proposed the idea for a woman-led spy film while working with Kinberg on “X-Men: Dark Phoenix.” The cast came together two years ago with CAA Film Finance brokering the deal and Film Nation handling international sales.

The high-profile film previously hit a snag in 2018 when Fan was accused of tax evasion and disappeared for months. After admitting to the charges and paying more than $100 million in fines, back taxes, interest and late payment fees, she emerged from hiding and returned to the project, which will mark her first role since the scandal.

Watch the trailer below.

Oct
06

Press/News: EW’s New York Comic Con 2020 panels to feature Walking Dead, Black horror, women of The 355

EW.com

“The third and final EW NYCC panel is “Entertainment Weekly and Universal present Women Who Kick Ass: The 355,” which will go live on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7:50 p.m. ET. EW staff writer Devan Coggan sits down with the female stars of the upcoming Universal spy thriller The 355 — Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, and Fan BingBing — to discuss filming explosive fight scenes and undercover espionage. Since no trailer for The 355 has even been released yet, this will really be a sneak peek into the film.

NYCC 2020 will livestream on YouTube from Oct. 8-11.

Sep
20

Press/Video: ‘The Devil All The Time’ -Sebastian talking about his role as Lee Bodecker

Netflix Film ‘The Devil All The Time’ – “In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Robert Pattinson), twisted couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.”

Here’s a small featurette of Sebastian talking about his role as Lee Bodecker. (Netflix © 2020)

”The Devil All The Time” is now streaming on Netflix.

Sep
19

Press/Photo: ‘The Devil All The Time’ – New stills of Sebastian as Lee Bodecker

IGN ‘The Devil All The Time’ – “In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Robert Pattinson), twisted couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.”

Here’s two new UHQ Stills of Sebastian as Lee Bodecker. (Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020)

”The Devil All The Time” is now streaming on Netflix.

Note: It will be added to the gallery at a later date.

Sep
14

Press/Photo: First look: Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough get steamy in honest romance ‘Monday’

EW.COM

Boy meets girl at a party. Boy and girl drunkenly hook up on the beach. After a wild weekend adventure, boy and girl fall in love. We’ve all seen that movie before. But what happens when Monday rolls around and reality pops the romantic bubble? That’s what director Argyris Papadimitropoulos wanted to explore in the dark romance Monday, where there’s no “happily ever after” as the credits roll.

EW has your exclusive first look at the honest take on relationships starring Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough. The steamy image above is the perfect representation of how a relationship can start off so magically and feel so right … before the real world sets in, bringing all its problems and hardships with it.

“I was always excited and interested in love stories but I always wanted to explore when things go wrong in relationships,” Papadimitropoulos says of his fourth feature film, which he wrote with Rob Hayes. “Why do people become so different at some point when everything started like a dream?”

The filmmaker drew inspiration from his own relationships as well as what his friends have experienced to create Mickey (Stan) and Chloe’s (Gough) authentic story, which begins at a debaucherous party on a Greek island. “Almost everything that happens in this film is something that either happened or is inspired by something similar that has happened to me or people I know,” he says. “There’s a little bit of me in every character in the film, the things I like about me, the things I don’t like about me, it’s all blended together.”

Papadimitropoulos knows that moviegoers have seen the candy-coated, happy ending kind of love story in films so many times before. That’s why he wanted to take an honest look at what really happens with relationships — the good, the bad, and the ugly. “The rom-com genre gave us some amazing films in the past but then again, you watch them, they’re entertaining, but it’s not true,” he says. “You don’t really believe what’s going on at the end. So we start the film like a romantic comedy but then let the characters develop the way they would in real life and have problems, bottled up feelings, things they hide from each other, skeletons in their closet, and see what happens when the reality of everyday life settles in. It’s great having an amazing weekend but then Monday comes with a reality check.”

The filmmaker hopes everyone can see themselves in Mickey and Chloe, in whatever form that may take. “It’s about the truth of relationships, how we can make things work if we want to make things work,” he says. “It’s about how it’s okay to be sensitive and to have emotions and to be vulnerable. You should talk about your feelings because in the summer you have an amazing time, but at some point, winter comes. Day by day, things become more difficult and you need to talk about it or else it will just get worse.”

Working with Stan and Gough to bring Mickey and Chloe’s turbulent, passionate relationship to life was a huge learning experience for Papadimitropoulos as they all collaborated to improv a lot of the dialogue during filming.

“They come from totally different worlds and backgrounds,” Papadimitropoulos says of the two stars. “They worked in totally different ways. But the three of us very early on found our own way, which is something that all three of us have never done. It was taking the best ways we all like to work, and make something of our own rather than borrow from another method. I was amazed and surprised by how easy they made it for me and how ready they were to take risks and try different things and huge improvisational takes. It was an amazing experience.”

For this trio, the harsh light of Monday morning didn’t ruin the magic of their relationship.

Sep
14

Press/Photo: ‘The Devil All The Time’ Poster

Netflix Film ‘The Devil All The Time’ – “In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Robert Pattinson), twisted couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.”

Here’s a look at another official poster for the film featuring Sebastian .

Netflix has listed the following release date for ”The Devil All The Time” as follows:

  • SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
Sep
10

Press/Photo: ‘The Devil All The Time’ – Still of Sebastian as Lee Bodecker

IGN ‘The Devil All The Time’ – “In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Robert Pattinson), twisted couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.”

Here’s a new UHQ Still of Sebastian as Lee Bodecker. (Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020)

Netflix has listed the following release date for ”The Devil All The Time” as follows:

  • SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Note: It will be added to the gallery at a later date.