Nearly a year since Netflix’s action fantasy film The Old Guard had made its debut, and now lead star Charlie Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) has confirmed that a sequel to Gina Prince-Blythewood’s popular film adaptation of Greg Rucka’s comic book series is officially in development at the streamer. Speaking with Variety, Theron revealed that the script for The Old Guard 2 has already been completed, with Netflix planning to start production in the first quarter of 2022.
Further details about its plot and characters are still being kept under wraps but the Oscar-winning actress went on to assure fans that Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin) and Luca Marinelli (Trust), who portrayed the fan-favorite couple of Joe and Nicky, will definitely be back for the sequel. It’s also unclear if Prince-Blythewood would also be returning to direct the project or not.
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 2020 film starred Charlize Theron as Andromache of Scythia, Kiki Layne as Nile, Marwan Kenzari as Joe, Matthias Schoenaerts as Booker, Luca Marinelli as Nicky, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Copley. It also featured Harry Melling as Merrick and Veronica Ngo as Quynh.
The Old Guard was directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood (Beyond the Lights) from a script written by comic book creator Greg Rucka in his feature writing debut. It was produced by Theron, Marc Evans, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger, with Stan Wlodkowski and Rucka set as executive producers.
Since its debut, the film garnered positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, praising its action sequences, LGBTQ representation within the superhero genre, and Theron’s leading performance. During its debut week, it also managed to break one of Netflix’s streaming records by earning the sixth spot on Netflix’s top 10 most popular films.
Charlize Theron Confirms The Old Guard 2 is Officially in the Works