Based on the comic of the same name by Leandro Fernandez and Greg Rucka, The Old Guard follows a team of badass mercenaries that have been fighting for a long, long time. They’re immortal… kind of? “One day your wounds just don’t heal up anymore,” Theron’s Andy attempts to explain. “We don’t know when.”
We also follow the latest recruit, Nile (KiKi Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk), who’s reluctantly joining the team just as bad guys, including Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Copley, make big moves to get them. It’s a good thing then that “these individuals,” as Copley says, “are extremely resistant to capture.”
Hopefully we’re in for a fun ride with The Old Guard, the first action film for director Gina Prince-Bythewood, whose previous credits include Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights and The Secret Life of Bees. Also starring Marwan Kenzari and Matthias Schoenaerts, the film will begin streaming on Netflix on July 10.
Official synopsis for The Old Guard:
Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize 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), 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. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (LOVE & BASKETBALL, BEYOND THE LIGHTS), THE OLD GUARD is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks.