The Old Guard is an upcoming American superhero film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Based on the comic book of the same name, the film will star Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The Old Guard is scheduled to be released on July 10, 2020, by Netflix.

The Old Guard Premise

The story focuses on a pack of mercenaries who are all centuries-old immortals able to heal from any wound. Just as they find another immortal has “awakened”, they realize someone is onto their secret and have to fight for their freedom.

The Old Guard Cast

  • Charlize Theron as Andy / Andromache of Scythia
  • KiKi Layne as Nile Freeman
  • Matthias Schoenaerts as Booker / Sebastian le Livre
  • Marwan Kenzari as Joe / Yusuf Al-Kaysani
  • Luca Marinelli as Nicky / Nicolo di Genova
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Copley
  • Harry Melling
  • Veronica Ngo

The Old Guard Production

Development

In March 2017, Skydance Media picked up the rights to adapt the comic The Old Guard, written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Leandro Fernandez, into a film. On July 2018, they hired Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct with Rucka adapt his comic book to the screenplay and Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger producing. In March 2019, Netflix picked up worldwide rights to the film and agreed to finance it with Skydance. Charlize Theron joined the film and will also produce with Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, Marc Evans and Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger.

Casting

KiKi Layne was confirmed to star in the film after Netflix picked up the rights. In May 2019, Marwan Kenzari, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Luca Marinelli joined the cast of the film. In June 2019, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, and Veronica Ngo joined the cast of the film.

Filming

Principal photography for the film began in Europe in mid-May 2019.

The Old Guard
The Old Guard 2020 film poster.png
Official release poster
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Produced by
  • David Ellison
  • Dana Goldberg
  • Don Granger
  • Charlize Theron
  • Beth Kono
  • A.J. Dix
  • Marc Evans
Written by Greg Rucka
Based on The Old Guard
by Greg Rucka
Leandro Fernández
Starring
  • Charlize Theron
  • KiKi Layne
  • Matthias Schoenaerts
  • Marwan Kenzari
  • Luca Marinelli
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
Music by
  • Hauschka
  • Dustin O’Halloran
Cinematography
  • Tami Reiker
  • Barry Ackroyd
Edited by Terilyn A. Shropshire
Production
company
  • Skydance Media
  • Denver and Delilah Productions
Distributed by Netflix
Release date
  • July 10, 2020 (United States)
Running time
124 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

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