“Atomic Blonde” will showcase the killer fighting skills of Charlize Theron under the direction of David Leitch.
Leitch co-directed “John Wick,” and told Business Insider he eagerly accepted the challenge of Theron’s new movie, “How do you make this sexy and cool and commercial and infuse my action sensibilities to turn the spy genre on its head?”
Theron was looking for unique female protagonist roles and bought the movie rights to the graphic novel, “The Coldest City.” The movie, however, is titled “Atomic Blonde.”
Theron plays MI6 spy, Lorraine Broughton, who is on a mission to Berlin. The movie is set in the late 1980s, as the Berlin Wall is about to come down. She was sent by her superior officers to rummage out a Russian spies, who has executed a crucial undercover agent. In addition, she must retrieve a list that contains the names of double agents working undercover for someone else.
The plot grows more compelling with stereotypical villains that basically serve as an excuse for helping Lorraine. A cadre of evil, heavily accented men who cannot seem to beat her in their own game. The story is filled with electrifying combat and Theron brought all of that to the table.
Theron and Leitch have outdone themselves with this box office movie, “Atomic Blonde.” It is one of the most talked about movies released in 2017, and currently has the highest positive rating.
Leitch quickly learned that Theron wanted to give the movie an ultra-violent realness by doing some of her own stunts, especially the fight sequences. He loved the idea, however, having been burned in the past, Leitch put Theron to the test. She proved him wrong and knocked the socks off his feet.
Theron even sparred with “John Wick” star Keanu Reeves during a practice session. “Atomic Blonde” involves ultra-violent, ultra-real fight scenes. Theron said: “Fight scenes that seem innocuous in all these movies where you just go on to the next set piece, after that one in the stairwell it’s like, oh my God, she can barely walk.”
Theron’s “Atomic Blonde” amazing fighting skills on the big screen has sealed the deal and almost sold-out in nearly half of America’s theater locations. As a result, Theron has out done herself once again and will continue to shine on.
Written by Kwjuana Owens
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