Longtime readers of this illustrious website will know that we here at With Eyes East are big fans of Veronica Ngô, star of Vietnam’s Furie and best known to most in America as “Rose’s dead sister” in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This July, she’ll make another small appearance in an American film while waiting for scripts to come together for further butt-kicking adventures. The Old Guard is a familiar-looking movie for all the right reasons: Charlize Theron reprises her role as Aeon Flux for this Highlander sequel, and Chiwetel Ejiofor also surfaces, because this is exactly the kind of movie he’d be in (not really, actually, I’m just reminded of Salt).
Charlize Theron produces, as she had Atomic Blonde, and The Old Guard is directed by a woman (of color!), Gina Prince-Bythewood. Not a lot of movies will be released this year, but now Birds of Prey has some company. Interestingly, Theron is taking on a kind of guardian role, apparently entering into that phase of action stardom, at the age of 44. I don’t know how necessary that is. But I’m mostly here for Veronica, and what do you know? She’s not in the trailer. I’m shocked. Of course, a supporting role (Wikipedia lists her as the final featured cast member) in an American film, even a straight-to-video one, is a big paycheck. As I understand it, that’s how Jackie Chan financed his for-real movies back home, and why we have so many bad American Jackie Chan movies. Hoping the same goes for you, girl!
Check out the trailer here: