Actress Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”) has joined the cast of “The Old Guard 2”, the sequel to the Netflix hit starring Charlize Theron. The two will also be joined by Henry Golding (“GI Joe Origins: Snake Eyes”) in the new action scenes.
The roles of the two actors have not been revealed, but both have experience in fight sequences and suggest good allies or better enemies for Theron’s character.
The franchise is based on comics written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Argentine Leandro Fernández. In the plot, Charlize Theron plays Andy, an immortal warrior over 6,000 years old, who fought in several wars throughout human history.
She leads the “Old Guard”, a small group of immortals dedicated to undoing injustices around the world. The problem is that the pharmaceutical industry has discovered the “magical” healing abilities of these warriors and decides to hunt them down to perform experiments on their bodies.
Rucka wrote the script for the sequel, which will take cues from the second story arc of the comics.
Other original cast members have also been confirmed for the sequel: KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
But there was a change behind the camera. “The Old Guard 2” will be directed by Victoria Mahoney, who directed one of the episodes of “Lovecraft Country”, among other series. She also made history by becoming the first black woman to work as an assistant director on a “Star Wars” film, while directing the second unit of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (2019).
Mahoney replaced Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed the first film, but dropped out of the franchise last August, citing other commitments – such as “The Woman King”, in which Viola Davis is the current warrior.
Two years after its release, “The Old Guard” is still one of Netflix’s most-watched original films, with 186 million hours watched in its first 28 days of airing.
Watch the trailer for the original film below.