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The Old Guard Is Breaking Netflix Records

The Old Guard Is Breaking Netflix Records

The Old Guard is already smashing records on Netflix, it has been revealed.

The action thriller, starring Charlize Theron, has been an enormous hit since it landed on our screens last month.

But according to Netflix, it has already performed beyond expectations, becoming one of the 10 most popular films ever on the streaming site.

It is also the first time a black female director, namely Gina Prince-Bythewood, has ever made the list.

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Announcing the incredible news, a spokesperson for Netflix wrote on Twitter: "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!"

For those of you have yet to see it, the streaming service's official synopsis reads: "Forever is harder than it looks. 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.

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"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 monetise their power by any means necessary.

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"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."

And if it continues to go the way it has since its release, fans could be in line for a sequel, with director Prince-Bythewood saying she's into the idea.

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The movie is already one of Netflix's most successful ever releases. Credit: Netflix
The movie is already one of Netflix's most successful ever releases. Credit: Netflix

In an interview with Polygon, Prince-Bythewood said: "Honestly, it's up to the audience. We'll see how the audience responds to the film.

"Greg Rucka, who wrote the graphic novels and the screenplay, always envisioned the novels as a trilogy, and I know where the story goes, which is pretty great. So if the audience is up for them, there's certainly more story to tell."

When asked if she'd want to direct the sequel if there was one, Prince-Bythewood said she'd loved to take the reins once again, so long as her own scheduling permitted.

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She continued: "It really depends on where I am when it's ready for a sequel. I love this story. I love the characters. I love the cast I put together. So I don't know, I love that I created this thing, and I don't know how I'd feel about someone else's hands on it.

"On the flip side, I have my next film lined up, so it would probably be based on schedule more than desire. Because certainly, of course I would want to."

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment, Netflix

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]