Charlize Theron is one of those actresses whose beauty seems to defy the passage of time, and in The Old Guard, a new blockbuster action movie coming to Netflix, she plays a literal immortal. Just think more mercenary-for-hire than Highlander, although there are likely to be thematic similarities with the latter. The streaming giant seems to be leaning hard into action movies with big-name stars, given this film and last month's megahit, Extraction, starring Chris Hemsworth.
(Mild spoilers for the comics below.)
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball), the film is an adaptation of the comic of the same name by Eisner-award-winning author Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Wonder Woman), with art by Leandro Fernández (Deadpool, Punisher: MAX). The main protagonist is Andromache of Scythia, aka Andy, who is trapped in an immortal life for centuries, for some mysterious reason.
Along with a few fellow immortals—including Joe and Nicky, who fought on opposite sides during the Crusades—she takes on high-risk assignments for well-heeled clients over the centuries. As Andy begins training a young, new immortal named Nile, the group faces a new threat in the form of a wealthy businessman who learns of their existence and wants to gain eternal life for himself.