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Jessica Chastain Defends Penelope Cruz's Casting as a Colombian Spy in 'The 355'

Jessica Chastain is speaking out to defend the casting of Penelope Cruz as a Colombian spy in their new movie The 355.

Variety published an article in which the film was called out for casting a Spanish actress in the role of a Latina woman as they are not the same.

WATCH THE TRAILER: The first look at The 355 was released this week!

“She’s cast in a role that makes it seem clear that executives and agents put no effort into scouring the world to find a more appropriate choice, or to be even more daring, an actual Colombian actress to play Graciela,” the author of the article wrote.

Jessica, who is also a producer on the movie, released a statement to the outlet in which she explained that the role was originally conceived as being Brazilian, but Penelope did not feel comfortable playing a character from Brazil.

Click inside to read Jessica Chastain’s statement… More Here! »

Jessica Chastain Builds a Bad-Ass Female Team to Save the World in 'The 355' - Watch the Trailer!

Female agents from around the globe join forces to save the world in the upcoming movie The 355 and the action-packed trailer has been released!

Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, and Fan Bingbing star in the new movie, which was directed by Dark Phoenix‘s Simon Kinberg.

Here is the synopsis: When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, wild card CIA agent Mason “Mace” Brown (Chastain) will need to join forces with rival badass German agent Marie (Kruger), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Cruz) on a lethal, breakneck mission to retrieve it, while also staying one-step ahead of a mysterious woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing), who is tracking their every move. As the action rockets around the globe from the cafes of Paris to the markets of Morocco to the wealth and glamour of Shanghai, the quartet of women will forge a tenuous loyalty that could protect the world—or get them killed.

Also starring in the movie are Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez.

The 355 will hit theaters on January 15, 2021. Watch the trailer below!

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Penelope Cruz Wears Sparkly Jumpsuit While Filming New Movie with Antonio Banderas!

Penelope Cruz sports big hair and a sparkly jumpsuit while walking a red carpet with Antonio Banderas on the set of their upcoming movie!

The two stars were spotted filming a scene for the movie Official Competition on Wednesday (September 30) in Madrid, Spain.

The movie is being directed by Argentina-based directors, Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat. Variety reports that the movie stars Antonio and Oscar Martinez “as renowned actors of large talent but even bigger egos, set on a collision course on the set of film directed by a celebrated auteur cineaste (Cruz).”

The movie just resumed production after being shut down in March due to the pandemic.

“Within all the negatives of interrupting a shoot, there was something positive: We had an unusually large amount of time to study the already-shot material, and to put under a microscope the screenplay for what is left to film,” Duprat said in a press release. “The material we already have is wonderful: Penélope, Antonio and Oscar are extraordinary. The scenes have what we wanted, an uncomfortable mix of tension and sarcasm in an aesthetic framework of great conceptual strength. We restarted filming with the certainty that we have something really powerful on our hands.”

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Penelope Cruz Defends Johnny Depp, Writes Declaration for His Case Against Amber Heard

Penelope Cruz is speaking out on behalf of her longtime friend Johnny Depp and defending him against allegations made by his ex-wife Amber Heard.

The Oscar-winning actress filed a declaration in the defamation case that Johnny is pursuing against Amber, who has accused him of domestic abuse.

Johnny and Penelope have worked together in 2001′s Blow, 2011′s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and 2017′s Murder on the Orient Express.

“I met Johnny when I was 19 years old,” Penelope wrote in her declaration (which was revealed by The Blast). “He was in Madrid and Pedro Almodovar introduced him to me. The only sentences I knew how to say in English at that time were, ‘how are you’ and ‘I want to work with Johnny Depp.’”

“Many years have passed and I have not only made 3 movies with him, but I also count on him as a great friend. I’ve always been impressed by his kindness, his brilliant mind, his talent, and his peculiar sense of humor,” she continued. “I’ve seen Johnny in so many situations and he is always kind to everyone around. He is one of the most generous people I know.”

“During six months of my first pregnancy, I spent every single day with him while we shot Pirates of the Caribbean. My husband [Javier Bardem] and I will never forget the sweetness, protection, and kindness he treated me with during every single step of that process,” she concluded. “We love him very much and I feel lucky to have someone so special in our lives.”

Johnny‘s ex-fiancee Winona Ryder has also defended him in a declaration that was submitted to the judge.

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Penelope Cruz Works the Red Carpet at Oscars 2020

Penelope Cruz never disappoints on the red carpet!

The 45-year-old star arrived in style for the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday (February 9) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

She will be presenting an award on stage tonight. If you don’t know, Penelope won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2008 for her work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

FYI: Penelope is wearing Chanel with Atelier Swarovski jewelry.

For the second year in a row, the Oscars will be presented without a host. Joker leads the pack with 11 nominations and Grammy winner Billie Eilish is set to give a special performance. Tune in for the show at 8pm ET/5pm PT on ABC.
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'355' Stars Penelope Cruz & Diane Kruger Catch Up at Chanel's Pre-Oscar Dinner!

Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger filmed a movie together last year and now they’re catching up during Oscars weekend!

The two stars were spotted hanging out at Chanel & Charles Finch’s Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner on Saturday night (February 8) at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

Penelope and Diane are part of the star-studded cast of the spy thriller 355, which hits theaters in January 2021.

Also in attendance at the party were Penelope‘s Pain and Glory director Pedro Almodovar, actresses Demi Moore and Gina Gershon, The Irishman stars Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, and Birdman‘s Michael Keaton. They were all seen mingling with event host Charles Finch.

25+ pictures inside of Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and more at the party… More Here! »

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James Corden, Penelope Cruz & More Added to Oscars 2020 Presenter Lineup!

James Corden and Penelope Cruz are hitting the stage at the 2020 Oscars!

The two stars were among several exciting names announced as the latest additions to the presenter lineup for the upcoming ceremony, which airs on Sunday, February 9 on ABC.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of James Corden

Beanie Feldstein, Zack Gottsagen, Diane Keaton, Shia LaBeouf, George MacKay, Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves, Maya Rudolph and Sigourney Weaver will also be presenting during the ceremony. See who else was previously announced as a presenter!

One music superstar was just announced as a performer during the ceremony. Find out who!