Gina Prince-Bythewood on Directing THE OLD GUARD for Netflix and 20 Years since Love & Basketball

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HEROES WHO COME IN EVERY PACKAGE
At the outset of production, Prince-Bythewood planned to hire as many female heads of
department as possible to bring this global story to life. For a film starring two female heroes
who operate behind the scenes, it was fitting to have just as many behind the camera, their
work impactful beyond measure, but not always apparent to all. From department heads like
Editor Terilyn Shropshire, who has worked with Prince-Bythewood on every one of her films
in addition to series such as Netflix’s When They See Us, to veteran Music Supervisor Julia
Michels (A Star Is Born, The Greatest Showman) — it’s clear there are more heroes of The Old
Guard than meets the eye.
“The women who came to the table were all so talented and passionate and dedicated. It is a
sad truth in our business that women are rarely given the opportunity to work on big action
films. But every one of these women proved how wrong our world is. I’m lucky to have worked
with them. They helped elevate the film.”

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.

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