Charlize Theron is one of those actresses whose beauty seems to defy the passage of time, and in The Old Guard, a new blockbuster action movie coming to Netflix, she plays a literal immortal. Just think more mercenary-for-hire than Highlander, although there are likely to be thematic similarities with the latter. The streaming giant seems to be leaning hard into action movies with big-name stars, given this film and last month's megahit, Extraction, starring Chris Hemsworth.
Rucka wrote the screenplay himself, so we can assume the film will do his work justice. Per the official premise:
Forever is harder than it looks. Led by a warrior named Andy (Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it's up to Andy and Nile (KiKi Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary.
The film also stars Luca Marinelli (Trust, Martin Eden) as Nicky and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) as Copley, who seeks to capture the immortals so they can be weaponized. There's also an appearance by Harry Melling, who played Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter franchise,
Rucka's comic ended with a major betrayal and a cliffhanger, and if the film adaptation follows suit, we could be looking at an eventual sequel-especially if Theron proves to be as big of a draw as Hemsworth in Extraction. The Old Guard debuts on Netflix on July 10, 2020.