Actor Emilio Insolera joins Jessica Chastain’s 355
Per Deadline, Emilio Insolera (Sign Gene: The First Deaf Superheroes) has joined the much-hyped spy thriller 355 from star/producer Jessica Chastain (IT: Chapter 2). The actor joins a talented cast that includes Lupita Nyong’o (Us), Penelope Cruz (Murder on the Orient Express), Bingbing Fan (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds).
355 follows a group of top female agents from government agencies around the globe as they try to stop an organization from acquiring a deadly weapon to send the world into chaos. The film marks the second directorial effort from Simon Kinberg, who made his debut with Dark Phoenix, and who is well-known for writing three previous films in the franchise as well as co-writing 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr., and 2012’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, starring Benjamin Walker.
Chastain came up with the story idea and crafted it for the film, earning her a “Story by” credit. In an interview with Deadline, Chastain said she was inspired to come up with the story for the project in her time working on The Help, in which she loved working with the “female ensemble” and wanted to bring that environment back to life in the spy genre since Charlie’s Angels.
Chastain was also the driving force behind the cast in the film, having called all of them herself and offered the parts and receiving confirmations from all of them right away. The title, 355, comes from one of the very first spies in the United States during the American Revolution, who was also a woman, so Agent 355 has become slang for those in the CIA for a female spy, which Chastain learned while doing her research for 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty.
The film is currently in production.