Good news for The Old Guard fans: It looks like Netflix‘s hit action flick is going to get a follow-up after all. The thriller, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (and adapted from Greg Rucka’s graphic novel), premiered last July and broke streaming records, proving that there’s clear demand for more. Details about the film are slim for now, but star Charlize Theron has confirmed it’s on the way. Here’s what we know.
The sequel has a new director, Victoria Mahoney.
After several months of delays, The Old Guard 2 is moving forward with a new director. According to Deadline, Victoria Mahoney has been tapped to direct the sequel, with Prince-Bythewood staying on as a producer. Mahoney was previously the second unit director on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and she’s the first woman and the first Black woman to direct a Star Wars film.
“Genuinely blown backwards by the collective levels of talent, skill and savvy that went into carving The Old Guard,” Mahoney told the outlet. “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.”
Deadline also confirmed that all of the film’s stars–Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, and Chiwetel Ejiofor–are returning to reprise their roles.
Filming starts in 2022.
Theron, who portrays the immortal warrior Andy, confirmed to Variety that the script is already done and production is set to begin in the first quarter of 2022. Her costars Marwan Kenzari and Luca Marinelli, who portrayed a couple onscreen, are “definitely” coming back for the next installment too.
Henry Golding and Uma Thurman have joined the cast.
Deadline reports that Kill Bill star Uma Thurman and Crazy Rich Asians and Persuasion actor Henry Golding have joined the sequel in unknown roles, and will star alongside the returning cast. The announcement comes as filming begins overseas, with Mahoney sharing a pic from the first day of production on June 13. Theron was also spotted filming with Layne and Ejiofor in Rome this week.
KiKi Layne has been down for a sequel.
Layne, who stars as Nile, a Marine with healing powers, previously told BAZAAR.com that she’d be interested if The Old Guard story continued.
“I love this character,” she said. “I love this world. I love all of the people that I got to work with. This cast and the whole team was super dope. I think we all just are over here crossing our fingers, praying to everybody and they mama: Watch this movie on Netflix when it comes out.”
Prince-Bythewood said the possibility of a sequel depends on the audience.
Addressing whether she has plans for another film, the Old Guard director told BAZAAR.com, “I mean, we always said that it was up to the audience, but you never want to assume because Greg Rucka, who wrote the graphic novel, he always envisioned this as a trilogy. So he always knew where the story could go. And it’s very cool where it could go, but you can never assume, you have to focus on the first film. It really is incredibly flattering that people want to see more, it means that you did your job, so, you know, we’ll see.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.