The Old Guard scores a spot in Netflix’s 10 most popular films ever
After a week since Gina Prince-Blythewood’s action fantasy film The Old Guard made its successful debut on Netflix, the streaming service has confirmed that the Charlize Theron-led film has already broken streaming records by earning the sixth spot on Netflix’s top 10 most popular films ever. Because of this, Prince-Blythewood has become the first Black female director to rank on the list with the movie reportedly on track to reach 72 million households in its first four weeks.
The Old Guard joins other Netflix originals such as Sam Hargrave’s Extraction and Susanne Bier’s Bird Box, who are currently holding the first and second spots, respectively.
Based on Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernandez’s comic book of the same name, The Old Guard tells of a small group of soldiers, led by a woman named Andromache of Scythia or Andy, who are inexplicably immortal and have been working as mercenaries through the ages. But in the 21st century, the novelty of not dying is long gone as the group gets a jolt in their bones when they discover the existence of a new immortal, a black woman serving in the Marines, at the same time as a nefarious organization captures their undying actions on camera.
The film adaptation will be led by Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road) as Andromache of Scythia, Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) as Nile and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) as Copley. It will also feature Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin) as Yusuf Al-Kaysani, Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) as Niles Freeman, Matthias Schoenaerts (Red Sparrow) as Sebastian le Livre, Luca Marinelli (Trust) as Nicolo di Genova, Harry Melling (The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs) as Merrick and Veronica Ngo (Bright).
The Old Guard is directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood (Beyond the Lights) from a script written by comic book creator Greg Rucka as he makes his feature screenplay debut. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance are set to produce. Marc Evans, Theron and her Denver and Delilah principals Beth Kono and AJ Dlx will also produce. Stan Wlodkowski and Rucka will serve as executive producers.