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If you’re going to take a one-two punch to the face, it might as well be from Charlize Theron. First, she’s throwing the Fast And Furious universe into chaos in Fast 8, and then she’s kicking ass in the punk rock spy thriller Atomic Blonde.
Just take a look for yourself to see Theron as, dare we say, being bad, in the trailer for Atomic Blonde.
Inspired by the graphic novel The Coldest City, the film’s setting is Berlin in 1989 on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The expected shift in alliances between the world’s various superpowers is in danger from a spy ring intent on triggering World War III. Enter Theron’s British agent Lorraine Broughton, who teams up with James McAvoy’s David Percival, Berlin station chief. Together, they attempt to keep things on track.
“The comic was definitely a great starting off point and it’s noir sensibility,” director David Leitch told cinemablend. “But I wanted to take noir and flip it on its head; make it with color. And add a soundtrack that moves you into the era where it sort of lives. There is Queen in the movie. And David Bowie, Depeche Mode...so many great ‘80s tracks in the film. I think people are going to be running out to buy the soundtrack.”
Theron was already involved with the film when Leitch joined up, and she was immediately attracted to his vision for it. Not just the visual approach, but putting her character into situations that would normally be reserved for a James Bond type. Speaking at CinemaCon, Leitch said, “It was the intent that we wouldn’t treat her any differently than we would treat James Bond or any other spy in the spy universe just because she was a female.”
For her part, the actress told knowyourleak.com, “I think it was the character and world and trying to take that spy thriller we’ve seen a million times and turning it on its head that attracted me. Also, just telling a story through physicality is something I’ve always been fascinated by. I haven’t done a lot of that in my career, so I like going tup against that after doing this for so long. I also think the female perspective lends itself to more possibilities, because women have so much more that they can use in order to intrigue and get information… it’s just much easier for a woman to be a spy than a guy, but maybe I’m biased.”
Atomic Blonde will be released on July 28th.
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