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Wednesday Jul 08 2020
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'The Old Guard': Here's what Charlize Theron says about her upcoming Netflix film

By
Web Desk

Netflix is releasing "The Old Guard" featuring Charlize Theron on Friday.

Based on the 2017 comic book by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, the movie features Charlize  as the leader of a small unit of immortal mercenaries who are trying to help humanity. 

“I just saw a lot of potential to explore something on a sci-fi level scale but somehow stay true to the very insular human emotions that I felt an audience could really appreciate in the sci-fi world,” Theron said.

The diverse cast includes Black actress KiKi Layne as Nile, the first immortal to have been “born” in a few centuries, as well as “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tunisian-Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari, Italian Luca Marinelli and Belgian Matthias Schoenaerts.

“I love that there were two females at the head of this which just felt different. And most notably, there’s a young, Black female hero in this which is absolutely a rarity in the genre,” said director Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Ejiofor said the movie tries to delve into “what it would be like for people if they could live as immortal, if they could live forever, and what they’re actually confronted with is a lot of this kind of angst.”

It’s also a project that demonstrates what inclusion should look like in Hollywood, Ejiofor said.

“Everybody is celebrated in this experience and that is, I think, part of what film and television should be aspiring to. That shouldn’t be something radical, that should be a natural evolution of our medium,” he said.---Reuters