Another delay has been announced to an incoming film, this time for Universal’s exciting-looking female-led spy movie The 355.

Universal’s release of The 355, its female-centred, globe-trotting espionage thriller, has been delayed by a full year by the studio. The film was originally set to make its debut on January 15th 2021. It will now make its bow on January 14th 2022.

The studio, who recently signed a historic multi-year deal with two of America’s largest cinema operators to shorten the theatrical exclusivity window to as little as 17 days, has continued to release films throughout the pandemic.

For example, its family film, The Croods: A New Age is one of the few films, along with Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman 84, to keep its slot in cinemas at the tail-end of 2020 in US (with a February release in the UK). Over in the US too, it has the upcoming Tom Hanks-headlined film News Of The World releasing on Christmas Day too, although we’ll be getting that here in the UK courtesy of Netflix.

However, in the case of The 355, directed by former X-Men impresario Simon Kinberg, the studio has elected to delay it by a full calendar year. It joins Universal’s major franchises in being delayed, such as Fast & Furious 9 and Jurassic World: Dominion.

Purchased from the Cannes Film Festival back in 2018, the studio reportedly paid more than $20m for the domestic rights to The 355 and is clearly looking to maximise its return.

The film boasts an impressive international cast list, including Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz and Bingbing Fan. Hopefully, with news that vaccines are hopefully in the way, stories like this will become increasingly rare in the next couple of months as cinemas, and the world at large, slowly looks towards a permanent reopening.

In the meantime, should we hear of further film delays, you’ll be the first to know. Should you have missed the trailer for The 355, you can catch it below.

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