Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has announced that production on the sequel to her hit 2020 Netflix film, The Old Guard, is slated to begin early next year. In a recent interview with Variety, Theron confirmed that the script had been completed and that her costars, including Marwan Kenzari and Luca Marinelli who played gay couple Joe and Nicky, will return for the next installment. The original film purposefully ended on a note of continuation, as Netflix had imaged it to be part of a trilogy.

The Old Guard was based on a comic book of the same name. It followed the story of Theron’s Andy, who is the leader of a group of immortal mercenaries, who gain a new member in a U.S. Marine who dies in combat (Kiki Layne). Netflix estimates that 72 million households watched the movie during it’s first week of release in July. The film is currently one of the highest-rated Netflix films ever produced, holding a 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the first Black woman to helm a comic book film adaption, and boasted a postproduction team comprised of approximately 85% of women.

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