The Old Guard saw 72 million households tune in during its first week of release last year, according to Netflix

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THE OLD GUARD - Charlize Theron as ”Andy"
Charlize Theron in The Old Guard
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The Old Guard's encore will soon be kicking off production.

The sequel to the hit Charlize Theron-led Netflix action flick is set to begin filming in the first quarter of 2022, Theron confirmed to Variety.

She also confirmed that her costars, Marwan Kenzari and Luca Marinelli, are "definitely" returning for the new installment.

The first movie follows Theron's Andy and a group of mercenaries who are immortal as they welcome a new immortal, a U.S. Marine who died in combat, to their ranks.

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THE OLD GUARD (L to R) KIKI LAYNE as NILE, LUCA MARINELLI as NICKY, CHARLIZE THERON as ANDY, MARWAN KENZARI as JOE in THE OLD GUARD
The Old Guard (2020)
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The Old Guard saw a whopping 72 million households tune in during its first week of release last July, according to Netflix. It currently holds an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and 71% Audience Score.

"It's pretty nutty, right?" Theron, 45, told Variety later that month, reacting to the number of people who have seen the film. "It's pretty crazy."

But the huge success didn't mean the Oscar winner was thinking about a sequel just yet, even though the ending of the first film sets up an intriguing new storyline.

"We're still pushing this one out," she said at the time. "Let's have a little resting period, but just given the fact that all of us really want to do it, I'm sure when it's the right time, we'll start the conversation."

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Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights), The Old Guard had a female-led postproduction team that was made up of about 85% women, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Prince-Bythewood, who also became the first Black woman to helm a comic-book-themed movie, told the outlet that a gender breakdown like that "doesn't happen, or very rarely happens on any movie, but on an action film, I guarantee you that's never happened before."

"When you look at the résumés of a lot of really talented women, they are not as long or as extensive as a lot of men in the same position," she continued. "But I know for a fact that it doesn't have to do with talent, it has to do with opportunity."

Prince-Bythewood added, "There are so many women out there who are so good at what they do, but they just haven't gotten the chance. Their being on my crew, being a part of the film, makes the film better."