Marwan Kenzari, otherwise known as villain Jafar in the live-action “Aladdin” remake, is joining Oscar winner Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne in the upcoming action thriller “The Old Guard,” about a group of immortal soldiers. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news in an exclusive, which details the “Aladdin” star’s newest project under director Gina Prince-Blythewood. “The Old Guard” is an adaptation of the thrilling comic book series created by Eisner-winning writer Greg Rucka and co-creating artist Leandro Fernandez.
Old Guard tells of a small group of soldiers, led by a woman named Andy (Theron), who are inexplicably immortal and have been working as mercenaries through the ages. The novelty of not dying long gone, the group gets a jolt in their bones when they discover the existence of a new immortal, a black woman serving in the Marines, at the same time as a nefarious organization captures their undying actions on camera.
Kenzari will play a man who was once a Moor warrior.
Gina Prince-Bythewood is directing the action feature, which is being produced by Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger. Also producing are Marc Evans as well as Theron and her Denver and Delilah principals Beth Kono and AJ DIx.
The cast for the project is beginning to take form as Kenzari joins Oscar winner Charlize Theron, who was seen in Jonathan Levine’s “Long Shot.” Kiki Layne, who soared in last year’s “If Beale Street Could Talk,” joins the film. The project comes off her attachment in Luca Guadagnino’s untitled short film. Kenzari stars as Jafar in Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of the Disney classic. The film is currently in theaters.
“The Old Guard” has begun production under Denver and Delilah Productions, Netflix and Skydance Media. Netflix will be distributing the project on its U.S. platform.