UPDATE: Jessica Chastain has debunked ProductionWeekly’s claim that Deakins was involved with the project. Tim Maurice-Jones is still set to serve as director of photography. The following is the same as it was when it was first published.
Exclusive: Simon Kinberg has taken two major blows this week: first, his directorial debut ‘Dark Phoenix’ has been critically panned, and now, acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins is dropping out as director of photography on the ‘X-Men’s producer next movie, ‘355.’
Deakins, known for his wide range of work on films such as ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon’, and ‘Skyfall’, is one of the most beloved cinematographers in Hollywood. He recently won an Academy Award for his work on Denis Vilenueve’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’. ProductionWeekly first mentioned Deakin’s involvement in the project.
Tim Maurice-Jones, who served as director of photography on ‘Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘The Woman In Black’, and ‘Kick-Ass 2’, is poised to take his place.
‘355’ stars Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Fan Bingbing, Sebastian Stan, and Edgar Ramirez. The film follows a group of female spies from different international agencies who team up together to stop our world from being thrust into chaos. No release date has been set.
Jacob Tyler contributed to this article.