An early saving grace of the pandemic was Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s superhero action film, The Old Guard. Based on a graphic novel by Greg Rucka and starring Charlize Theron in the lead role, the film chronicled the modern adventures of several centuries-old warriors, who survived for years with the help of unexplained regenerative healing abilities. The project was a surprise hit for Netflix, and one of the first major movies to release directly on streaming following the global shutdown. Less than a year after the first film’s debut, The Old Guard 2 was given the green light, with Theron and the majority of the cast set to return.
Speaking to Variety at a red carpet event for her latest movie, The School For Good And Evil, the former Mad Max star was asked how the cast and crew planned to up the ante for the sequel. Theron responded that, while all actors tend to claim the second movie is bigger than the last, she really means it when she says it. She elaborated:
You know, it’s so pretentious when an actor is like ‘It’s so much bigger! So much better!’, and I think you know that I’m not that person. It’s pretty impressive what we did because it felt very specific the first time around, and we wanted to kind of take it out of that. Like, what we let the audience think was this set world, we really kind of turned that on it’s head. So, I’m excited about that and we have a bigger cast and it feels more global. It’s a big movie.Charlize Theron
The Old Guard 2 will be helmed by Victoria Mahoney in her big-budget directorial debut, with Uma Thurman and Henry Golding joining an already stellar cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, KiKi Layne, and Theron. There is no current release date.