The buzz around Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s The Old Guard is palpable, my friends, with our own Matt Goldberg recently calling it “the best Netflix action movie yet.” The film doesn’t debut for a few days, but the streaming service just released a featurette to tide you over, which details the story’s journey from a graphic novel by Greg Rucka to a Netflix shoot-em-up.
The Old Guard stars Charlize Theron as Andy, the immortal leader of an equally ancient crew—Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts), Nicky (Luca Marinelli), and Joe (Marwen Kanzari)—who have protected humanity for centuries. When society learns of their existence, it’s up to the newest recruit, Nile (Kiki Layne), to protect the group of mercenaries from those who would harness their powers for evil.
“For the comic, it really was always meant to be Andy’s journey,” Rucka, who also wrote the film’s script, says in the video. “When it came time to adapt it, it forced me to do a lot of character work on Nile, on Nicky, on Joe, on Booker. There needed to be an equal amount of meat on everybody’s bones.”
Check out the full video below. The Old Guard hits Netflix on Friday, July 10. For more on the film, check out the full trailer.
Here’s the 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.