It looks like Netflix’s surprise hit film, The Old Guard, won’t be a one-and-done. Actress Charlize Theron, who starred as an immortal warrior in the first film, has confirmed that a second film is happening at the popular streaming service. She explained to Variety that the script for the sequel was already completed, with filming set to begin in the first quarter of next year. While Theron did not reveal the names of those involved in the production, she did confirm that actors Marwan Kenzari and Luca Marinelli will return as the couple Joe and Nicky. Not much is known about the sequel’s plot, but the graphic novel the first film was based on does have a sequel, so it’s possible they just adapt the story that’s already been laid out for them.
The Old Guard dropped on Netflix in 2020, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Greg Rucka. As previously mentioned, the film was adapted from the pages of a graphic novel also written by Rucka. The story focused on a U.S. Marine, played by breakout Kiki Layne, who discovers she’s become one of a group of centuries-old warriors on Earth. While Theron never mentioned Layne specifically, it seems likely she’d return for the second installment. While this is the first official news we’ve heard of a sequel, Greg Rucka did express his hopes for one shortly after the first film’s release. It’s possible the script has been in development since around that time, considering it’s already been finished.