Production on The Old Guard sequel, starring Charlize Theron, halts due to a fire at a Renaissance set at Cinecettà studios.

Production on Netflix The old guard 2 takes a break from a massive fire on set.

THR reports that the cause of the fire, which broke out at the 85-year-old Cinecittà studios, has not yet been identified, but it is suspected that Italy’s ongoing drought and abnormally high temperatures contributed to the fire. After the fire was extinguished, Cinecittà Studios spokesperson Marlon Pellegrini confirmed that no one was injured. The old guard The sequel’s production coordinator, Natalia Barbosa, says the incident delayed their filming schedule by two days.

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Charlize Theron, who is also set to appear in an upcoming Philip K. Dick biopic, will reprise her role as Andromache of Scythia, alongside the original old guard actors KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngô, Chiwetel Ejiofor and newcomers Uma Thurman and Henry Golding.

The old guard, created by Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernandez, centers on a group of benevolent mercenaries, imbued with special regenerative healing abilities that have allowed them to live and operate for generations. Andy de Theron, having lost his healing powers at the end of the first film, enters the sequel over rough terrain. After forbidding all contact with former team member Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts) for selling them out to their enemy, she encounters Gwynh (Ngô), a former colleague of the group, who was thought to be dead. It’s unknown if the two immortals will fight back against their old team or if they will unite to face a greater threat.

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Victoria Maroney, known for being the first woman to have made a star wars film after working The Rise of Skywalker, will take the helm of the sequel following the move of Gina Prince-Bythewood to the position of producer. Rucka, the author of the graphic novel the film is based on, wrote the screenplay for the first film and will also return for the sequel.

The old guard debuted to generally positive reviews from fans and critics. While some found its action to be generic, many critics praised the strong performances from the main cast as well as Prince-Bythewood’s direction. Following its strong streaming numbers, Netflix fired up a sequel to the film in August 2021 and principal photography began in early 2022.

The old guard 2 is expected to appear on Netflix sometime in 2023.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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