Netflix announced Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo and Chiwetel Ejiofor are anticipated to return for the sequel to 2020 action film “The Old Guard,” directed by Victoria Mahoney.
Recently, Mahoney served as second unit director on J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker,” making her the first woman and first Black woman to direct a “Star Wars” film.
The screenplay for “The Old Guard” sequel was penned by Greg Rucka, based on the graphic novel series created by Rucka and Leandro Fernández. Rucka also serves as executive producer.
Additional producers include David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger for Skydance; Theron, Beth Kono and AJ Dix for Denver and Delilah; Marc Evans for Marc Evans Productions; and Gina Prince-Bythewood
Mahoney said, "Genuinely blown backwards by the collective levels of talent, skill and savvy that went into carving ‘The Old Guard.’ I must've watched it over a hundred times and, as such, cannot communicate the true measure of my excitement – being invited on ‘The Old Guard’ journey alongside ferocious badasses. Ever eager to continue pushing the genre for action-loving audiences. Warmly tipping my hat to the world Gina, Charlize, Rucka, Fernández, Skydance, Netflix, Marc Evans Productions, Denver & Delilah Films and the entire team daringly put forward."
Theron, Kono and Dix said, “We are beyond thrilled that Vic is joining ‘The Old Guard’ team. Her passion for these characters and her ambitious vision for the movie overwhelmed us all. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with her.“
Prince-Bythewood added, “I love ‘The Old Guard’ and the story and characters I was honored to put into the world. It was exciting to disrupt the genre. I have decided not to direct the sequel, but will stay on as a producer. I leave our franchise in good hands as my girl Vic Mahoney takes on this next chapter.”
“The Old Guard” is one of Netflix’s most popular films to date and was seen by 78 million households in its first four weeks.
Skydance’s recent film slate with Netflix includes “The Old Guard,” “6 Underground” and the upcoming “The Adam Project” and “Heart of Stone.”