Award-winning actress Charlize Theron returns in another action-heavy film as Andromache of Scythia, or Andy, who leads a covert group of mercenaries in upcoming Netflix film The Old Guard. The action thriller is coming to the streaming service on July 10, 2020, based on the graphic novel series from Greg Rucka, illustrated by Leandro Fernandez.
With director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights) at the helm, The Old Guard follows Andy and its group of tight-knit immortal vigilantes, who have long fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. The team then gets recruited to take on an emergency mission and with their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, the group has to eliminate external forces threatening to replicate and monetize their power.
Joining Theron in the cast is Kiki Layne as Nile, the newest soldier to join their ranks in the gritty, grounded, action-packed story that “shows living forever is harder than it looks.” The cast also features Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, with Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Rucka, behind the acclaimed graphic novel series, writes the script.
Theron, in a post on Twitter, unveiled the film’s poster, with an announcement of its upcoming trailer on Thursday, May 21. On taking on the role of an immortal warrior, the 44-year-old actress told Vanity Fair, “It was important to feel the weight of thousands and thousands of years on her.” She furthers, “The worst part for her is just feeling like she’s not doing anything. So, what is the point, you know? She’s lost faith, not just in herself but in humanity. I think a lot of people can relate to that at this moment in time. We go through periods in life where we just look at the world and go, Oh, my God… You just feel like you’re pushing a rock up a mountain.”
Theron, who also serves as the film’s producer, seeks to return to her action roots, having played iconic action heroines like that of Furiosa in George Miller’s Mad Max Fury Road. She said, “From the first moment I read Rucka’s graphic novel, I felt like there was great potential to make this thing feel really very relevant and have it ask some real questions about humanity,” She continues, “Is what we’re doing enough? Is what we’re doing actually changing anything? Are we making [things] better, or are we making the world worse?”
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