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Charlize Theron Leads a Team of Immortal Warriors in the First Trailer for Netflix's 'The Old Guard'

The 'Atomic Blonde' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' star is back in action mode in the new streaming film.
By Sarah Ward
May 31, 2020
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Charlize Theron Leads a Team of Immortal Warriors in the First Trailer for Netflix's 'The Old Guard'

The 'Atomic Blonde' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' star is back in action mode in the new streaming film.
By Sarah Ward
May 31, 2020
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Since first appearing on our screens in an uncredited role in 1995's Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest, Charlize Theron has proven to be one of cinema's most versatile talents. She won an Oscar for playing real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, then nabbed two more nominations for dramas North Country and Bombshell. She's a delight not only in dark, existential comedies (Young Adult, Tully), but also in irreverent rom-coms (Long Shot). And, over the past decade, she's proven particularly formidable in action flicks — as Prometheus, Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde and The Fate of the Furious have all demonstrated.

Staying in kick-ass mode, Theron will next hit the screen on July 10 in Netflix film The Old Guard — and this time she's playing a warrior. Specifically, her character Andy leads a secret group of mercenaries who've been protecting the world for centuries. As she explains in the just-dropped trailer: "let's just say we're very hard to kill".

Yes, that basically puts Theron in superhero territory, with the film based on Greg Rucka's graphic novel of the same name — and with the scribe himself writing the screenplay. The Old Guard also boasts a great director behind the lens, marking the latest film by Beyond the Lights' Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Also strutting their immortal stuff are KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk), Matthias Schoenaerts (Kursk), Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin) and Luca Marinelli (TV's Trust), with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil's Chiwetel Ejiofor among the cast as well.

And, story-wise, the straight-to-streaming film charts Andy and her crew's exploits when their special abilities are exposed during an emergency mission, which pits them against forces eager to cash in, copy and capitalise upon their extraordinary skills and power.

Check out the trailer below:

The Old Guard hits Netflix on July 10.

Top images: Aimee Spinks/Netflix.

Published on May 31, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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