Charlize Theron celebrates as her film The Old Guard breaks Netflix records

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read

From Harper's BAZAAR

Charlize Theron has celebrated the success of her new movie The Old Guard, which Netflix has announced is already among the platform's top 10 most popular films ever.

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka, the revolutionary thriller follows Theron as a warrior leading a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die who have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries.

Netflix announced on Friday (17 July): "The Old Guard is breaking records! The Charlize Theron blockbuster is already among the top 10 most popular Netflix films ever – and Gina Prince-Bythewood is the first Black female director on the list.

"The film is currently on track to reach 72M households in its first 4 weeks!"

Theron responded by sharing a meme of herself in character downing a bottle of vodka with the caption "Friday night", next to a photo of her character covered in blood with the caption: "Monday morning".

The Oscar-winner added the caption: "I feel this."

The superhero film - which also stars If Beale Street Could Talk's Kiki Layne - has been praised for it's groundbreaking LGBTQ+ representation, rarely included in action movies.

The star cast also features Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Meanwhile, director Gina Prince-Bythewood has been lined up to helm The Woman King starring Oscar-winner Viola Davis.

Variety reports that the film is inspired by true historical events which took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The story centres on Nanisca (Davis), general of the all-female military unit, and her daughter Nawi, who together fought the French and neighbouring tribes who violated their honour, enslaved their people and threatened to destroy everything they've lived for.

The Old Guard is available to stream now on Netflix.

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