'The 355' Delays Theatrical Release a Year to January 2022

THE 355 Poster
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The high-profile female ensemble action pic is directed by Simon Kinberg.

Universal Pictures announced Monday that it is pushing back the release of The 355 from Jan. 15, 2021, to Jan. 14, 2022, the beginning of the lucrative Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.

Insiders say the move comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and theater closures across the world.

The 355, a female ensemble globe-trotting spy-thriller, is directed by Simon Kinberg and stars Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing.

Universal — home of the Bourne franchise — holds domestic rights to the film, while FilmNation is handling it internationally. The movie is expected to be an especially strong player overseas.

The plot revolves around a top-notch group of international rival agents who must work together in order to stop a plot to bring about World War III. A recent trailer featured themes of James Bond, Mission: Impossible and the Bourne series.

The film is produced by Chastain and Kelly Carmichael for Chastain’s Freckle Films and by Kinberg for his Genre Films.