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The women of The 355 break down their action-packed spy thriller at New York Comic Con

NYCC Women Who Kick Ass: the Cast of ‘The 355’

EW’s Devan Coggan chats with Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, and Fan Bingbing about the making of ‘The 355.’

The women of The 355 may play super spies, but during EW’s Women Who Kick Ass panel at New York Comic Con, they let slip a few secrets about their upcoming thriller.

EW gathered Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, and Bingbing Fan for a virtual panel on Saturday, where they teased some of the film’s impressive fight scenes and opened up about female representation in the action genre.

Chastain, who also serves as a producer, first developed the idea for a female-led spy movie a few years ago while working on X-Men: Dark Phoenix with director Simon Kinberg. She soon recruited Kinberg to direct and Theresa Rebeck to write the script, which follows five international spies from different agencies

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Ordinary women, extraordinary courage in World War II drama ‘A Call to Spy’

Just like riding a bike: Sarah Megan Thomas wrote, produced and stars in the fact-based "A Call to Spy." Thomas plays Virginia Hall, one of the first female British spies stationed in Nazi-occupied France. <span class="copyright">(IFC Films)</span>
Just like riding a bike: Sarah Megan Thomas wrote, produced and stars in the fact-based “A Call to Spy.” Thomas plays Virginia Hall, one of the first female British spies stationed in Nazi-occupied France. (IFC Films)

It couldn’t have been comforting for a few civilian women in World War II-era England to learn the spy agency they’d just been recruited to was run by people who were figuring it out as they went. But extraordinary times call for extraordinary people to measure their courage against the scourge of Nazi occupiers in France.

Based on real events and people, “A Call to Spy” is about early female agents in the Special Operations Executive, a hastily organized British spy agency. A key officer operating without a rank, Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), finds two unusual candidates to go undercover in France: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas) and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte). Virginia

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‘A Call to Spy’ Review: A Women-led Resistance

“A Call to Spy” is a welcome, albeit imperfect, addition to the existing slate of movies about World War II. The propulsive historical drama, which was written by Sarah Megan Thomas (she also plays Virginia Hall, one of the three leads) and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher, explores the lives of three remarkable women who served as spies for the Allied nations.

It’s 1941 and Winston Churchill, desperate in the losing fight against the Nazis, has ordered the recruitment and training of women spies. Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), a secretary of the Special Operations Executive, persuades her doubtful male colleagues to let her recruit Hall, an American and an aspiring diplomat with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte), a British wireless operator and pacifist. The two women shine in the field and, in the face of danger and unexpected betrayal, prove themselves as assets to the French

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