WEEK IN WOMEN: Chastain’s Passion Project 355 set for release – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Universal Pictures will unleash the femme-centric espionage film “355” into theaters Jan. 15, 2021. Directed by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Dark Phoenix”), “355” is a passion project for Jessica Chastain, who has been one of the most vocal movie stars on gender-equity issues. In addition to starring, the two-time Oscar nominee is producing through her Freckle Films banner. Freckle’s Kelly Carmichael and Kinberg also are producing, The film is being executive produced by Richard Hewitt (“Bohemian Rhapsody”).
Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), Fan Bingbing (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and Lupita Nyong’o (Marvel’s “Black Panther”) also star in the spy thriller. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.