Oscar winner Charlize Theron is a one-woman killing machine in the upcoming action-thriller Atomic Blonde.
A fun new behind-the-scenes featurette has dropped for the film, showcasing the physicality the acclaimed actress is bringing to the film. Upon seeing Theron’s level of stamina and ability to hold her intensity through some complicated choreography, the team decided to take the chance and rework the action scenes.
“I changed the directives to the choreography team to go big and to build it out, and we’ll do longer takes and we’ll do more complex moves,” says director John Leitch, who co-directed the Keanu Reeves actioner John Wick and is at the helm of Deadpool 2. “She could do twenty moves without cutting.”
“The stunt guys took so many hits, I had to buy a lot of alcohol to be forgiven,” says Theron. “But there were no injuries… or so they told me. So I don’t know, maybe they went home and cried.” No shame in that, stunt dudes. No shame in that.
If the early reviews and buzz are any indication, Theron could have herself a great franchise starter here. Not long now: Atomic Blonde, which also stars James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Sofia Boutella, Eddie Marsan, and Toby Jones, opens in the US on July 28 and drops in Australia on August 3.
Synopsis for Atomic Blonde:
Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.
The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
A blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style, Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, upcoming Deadpool 2). Also starring John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones, the film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel series“The Coldest City,” by Antony Johnston & illustrator Sam Hart. Kurt Johnstad (300) wrote the screenplay.