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The Old Guard 2 Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

When Netflix's "The Old Guard" debuted on the streaming service in July 2020, it was a breath of fresh air during a time when new cinematic releases were hard to come by. The film, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, follows a band of immortals led by Andromache, aka Andy (Charlize Theron), as they undertake dangerous missions to help people across the world. Viewers are introduced to the squad through the eyes of U.S. soldier Nile Freeman (Kiki Lane), who discovers that she's also one of these immortals.

The secrecy surrounding the immortals' existence is of the utmost importance, since nefarious corporate figures like Steve Merrick (Harry Melling) would endlessly experiment on them to see how their enhanced abilities could benefit the rest of the world. "The Old Guard" is based on the comics of the same name by writer Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández, and it was relatively accurate to the original story — save for a few minor changes to fit the cast. It was an instant hit among audiences, so it's not surprising that Netflix is keen to follow it up with a sequel. Charlize Theron confirmed in June 2021 that Netflix greenlit "The Old Guard 2" (via Variety).

Here's what we know so far about "The Old Guard 2."

Updated August 14, 2021: This article has been updated with information about the script and director of the film.

What's the release date for The Old Guard 2?

It's been quite some time since "The Old Guard" originally debuted on Netflix, and it seems like fans will have to wait a little longer for the highly anticipated follow-up, despite filming kicking off somewhat soon. When speaking to Variety, Charlize Theron revealed that the script has already been completed. Since the writer behind the original books, Greg Rucka, penned the screenplay for the 2020 film, he's been tasked with writing the second one, too, with some help from director Gina Prince-Bythewood. Theron also revealed to the outlet that filming is set to begin on "The Old Guard 2" in the first quarter of 2022.

Unfortunately, that means audiences will likely be waiting until the end of 2022 or — even more likely — the beginning of 2023 for "The Old Guard 2." Since it's not clear how big the sequel will be and how long production will take, it's possible that Netflix will aim for a July release date, much like the first film's initial debut. It's a disappointing prospect, but if Greg Rucka is behind the story and the screenplay, it'll be worth the wait.

Who's in the cast of The Old Guard 2?

It seems like most of the main cast will return for "The Old Guard 2" since none of them died in the first film — well, not permanently, at least. When pressed by Variety about whether Joe (Marwan Kenzari) and Nicky (Luca Marinelli) will return, Charlize Theron confirmed, "Oh, yeah! They're definitely there." Critics and audiences alike praised the inclusion of the gay couple in the story, since the characters had fully-fleshed out stories of their own and weren't just used to pay diversity lip service.

Hopefully Kiki Lane will reprise her role as Nile Freeman in "The Gold Guard 2." It would be hugely disappointing if she didn't since she brought a ferocious energy to the screen as the former U.S. Marine in the first flick. Because Nile killed Steve Merrick at the end of "The Old Guard," it's unlikely that Harry Melling will return for the sequel unless there's a flashback involving the villain somehow. Chiwetel Ejiofor should be back as Copley, since he's now in charge of finding new missions for the team to take on. 

It seems likely that Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts) will also return in the sequel, even though the band of immortals banish him to exile after he betrays them to Steve Merrick. The ending of "The Old Guard" makes a surprising reveal that perfectly sets up the sequel, with Andy's old flame Quynh (Van Veronica Ngo) showing up alive at Booker's apartment — which is pretty surprising since she's meant to be trapped in an iron maiden at the bottom of the ocean, doomed to drown forever.

What's the plot of The Old Guard 2?

As of July 2021, it's not clear what the exact plot of "The Old Guard 2" will be, but an educated guess would be Quynh coming for the group, hoping to exact revenge for being left at the bottom of the ocean for hundreds of years. When she shows up at Booker's apartment at the end of the first film, she's definitely not impressed with the fact that there are more immortal beings out in the world, as she introduces herself by saying, "Booker. It's nice to finally meet you." It definitely wasn't friendly.

If she's out for revenge, it'll be interesting to see how Quynh deals with the information that Andy is no longer an immortal like the rest of the team. That's a huge vulnerability in the squad's usual resilient nature. 

Whatever the actual storyline, "The Old Guard 2" might not be the end of the road for the burgeoning franchise. When speaking to Digital Spy in July 2020, director Gina Prince-Bythewood revealed that a film trilogy might be in the works. "I know that Greg Rucka, who wrote the graphic novel in the script, he always envisioned this as a trilogy. I know where the story goes, and it's pretty great," the said. "So if the audience is eager for it, there's definitely more stories to tell."

Clearly, there's more to tell in "The Old Guard" story, so hopefully the sequel is as successful as the first film.