Victoria Mahoney To Direct The Old Guard Sequel
Netflix has signed Victoria Mahoney to direct its The Old Guard sequel, the superhero action-adventure led by Charlize Theron, Variety reports. Mahoney, who most recently directed episodes for HBO’s Lovecraft Country and Netflix’s You, takes over from Gina Prince-Bythewood who chose not to return for the follow-up due to her filling schedule.
Prince-Bythwood was more than happy to pass the reins to Mahoney, saying in a statement that the “franchise is in good hands.”
“I love The Old Guard and the story and characters I was honored to put into the world,” Prince-Bythewood said. “It was exciting to disrupt the genre. I have decided not to direct the sequel but will stay on as a producer.”
The Old Guard, based on the comic book series by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, tells the story of a group of Immortals, led by Charlize Theron’s Andromache (“Andy”), which faces off against a nefarious pharma druglord who wants to use them as lab rats and profit off any and all findings. It proved to be a hit with around 78 million views in the first month on the streaming service last year.
“Genuinely blown backward by the collective levels of talent, skill, and savvy that went into carving The Old Guard,” Mahoney said in a statement. “I must’ve watched it over a hundred times, and as such, cannot communicate the true measure of my excitement–being invited on The Old Guard journey alongside ferocious badasses.”
Theron will be returning for the sequel, along with KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
No premiere date has been announced.