Vanity Fair Gives First Look At Upcoming Movie “The Old Guard”, Starring Charlize Theron.

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Vanity Fair gives us a tantalizing look at the upcoming Netflix movie: The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron.

The cast of "The Old Guard" wonders why there's a cameraman in their secret lair.
Immortal soldiers assemble in Netflix’s new movie The Old Guard.

Basics

On May 7, 2020; Vanity Fair released details of Netflix’s new movie: The Old Guard, scheduled for release on July 10, 2020. Said details include the cast list, which reveals that Charlize Theron will be playing the lead role as Andromache of Scythia, otherwise known as Andy.

Charlize Theron's character ignores the camera in her face as she sweeps the building.
Charlize Theron on point as “Andy” Andromache.

Charlize Theron has previously been known for playing female action heroes, and playing them very well, mind you. Her most famous role was as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, which in my opinion, is the best action movie to date. This is why I have very high hopes for her performance in The Old Guard.

Charlize Theron giving a 1000 yard stare.
Imperator Furiosa in the flesh. I wonder how Theron will top this performance?

The Old Guard is a movie adaptation of a comic book by the same name by Greg Rucka. Both movie and comic focuses on a group of immortal mercenaries who’ve been alive for centuries, able to heal from almost any wounds inflicted on them. The story proper begins just as they add a new immortal to their ranks: a US Marine named Nile Freeman, played by Kiki Layne.

Dreadlocks? On a US Marine?
Not sure the USMC allows dreadlocks, but oh well.

The immortals have been keeping their identities and powers a secret from the world for all this time. However, they find out someone is in on their secret, and desperately wants their immortality all to themselves. The fight then begins in earnest as the immortals fight to preserve both their lives and their freedom.

Mmm, blood-flavored tobacco smoke.
Andy isn’t going to let a sword to the lungs stop her from enjoying a good ciggy.

Opinion

I’ve never heard of The Old Guard, either the Netflix movie or the comic, until I read that Vanity Fair article. It’s a fascinating story premise. The basic concept looks like Highlander crossed with The Hurt Locker. Immortal warriors via unknown means in a modern military setting sounds like a very interesting combo.

"There can only be one thousand!": Nac Mac Feegle.
Basically The Old Guard, but high fantasy flavored.

There are also shades of Wonder Woman in Andy’s character. Both are Ancient Greek women who’ve lived for a very long time, and have slowly lost their idealism over the course of that life. And according to the released details, both eventually rediscover that idealism over the course of the movie. Wonder Woman: Modern Warfare is definitely a movie concept I’m excited for.

"The Old Guard: 1918 Edition".
Imagine this, but in color, and now you’ve got The Old Guard.

So yeah, consider me hyped for The Old Guard.

Conclusion

Could The Old Guard be the modern warfare version of Wonder Woman we’ve never known we needed? It might very well be. Either way, consider me hyped for this movie. See you on July 10.

Source: Vanity Fair

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