‘The Old Guard’: Charlize Theron Wants Rihanna to Join the Cast of the Sequel

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic rages on, streaming and on-demand have risen to fill the gap left by shuttered movie theaters. In the case of Netflix, action movies like The Old Guard provide the escapism subscribers need. Good thing the streaming service is in the Charlize Theron business, as the actor already has ideas for a potential sequel.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains MAJOR spoilers for The Old Guard. Read at your own risk.]

Charlize Theron at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar party
Charlize Theron at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar party | Toni Anne Barson/WireImage

‘The Old Guard’ kicks off a whole new action series

Based on the comic book series by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández, The Old Guard centers on a team of immortal warriors. Led by Theron’s Andy, the group has spent centuries working in secret to protect humanity and retain their anonymity.

Much of The Old Guard focuses on introducing Andy and her friends. Because they’ve been operating in the shadows for so long, the story introduces young Nile (KiKi Layne) as their latest recruit. But all this time spent on exposition isn’t only in service of this one story.

Rather, The Old Guard was clearly produced with an eye on starting a franchise. Technically, Andy is a superhero, and Theron seems game to explore her lengthy past more in-depth. Moreover, Rucka himself adapted the comics himself, leaving viewers with a hell of a cliffhanger.

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Charlize Theron is excited to add more women to the sequel

As viewers know, The Old Guard ends with the surprise re-emergence of Quynh (Van Veronica Ngo). Centuries earlier, Quynh was imprisoned in an iron coffin at the bottom of the ocean. Left to drown over and over again, she is presumably back with dark intentions. The final moments tease an alliance between Quynh and the traitorous Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts).

In a recent interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Theron revealed she is thrilled at Ngo’s character taking a more substantive role in the sequel. 

“[Quynh] is Andy’s kind of right-hand person. She was, the two of them, were the first,” Theron said. “There’s obviously a relationship there that we didn’t really explore in this film. So, I’m excited, if we get the chance to make another one, to explore that because then we’re just adding another female into the mix, which I think will make it really interesting.”

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Theron has a surprising choice for who else should join the next movie

In discussing The Old Guard’s sequel prospects, Theron’s conversation with Meyers eventually turned to their mutual experiences partying with Rihanna. Meyers went day-drinking with the star for a segment of his show. And Theron leapt into her own praise for the singer.

“She is everything,” Theron said, teasing the fun times she shared drinking with Rihanna. “She needs to be in the next Old Guard. RiRi!”

Theron’s comment is perhaps made in jest. But if Netflix does green-light The Old Guard 2, Rihanna would be an interesting addition to the crew. The singer’s acting career has been steadily building. So, if Quynh has a new team, Rihanna could work as one of her new allies. With any luck, Theron will be able to get Rihanna to join the Netflix sequel. Stay tuned, folks.