Charlize Theron is coming to San Diego Comic-Con later this month to promote her new action/thriller Atomic Blonde. Theron, of course, has starred in several different genres across the Hollywood spectrum, including her Oscar-winning turn in director Patty Jenkins' true-life crime drama Monster.
However, after her blistering turn as Imperator Furiosa in the Best Picture Oscar-nominated sci-fi hit Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, Theron seems to have found a nice niche in the action genre. She has since appeared in The Fate of the Furious and the upcoming Atomic Blonde, directed by John Wick co-helmer David Leitch.
Looking to give Atomic Blonde a last-minute push before it heads into theaters July 28, Focus Features has announced that the film will have a presence at San Diego Comic Con, which runs July 20-23 in Southern California. According to Deadline, Theron will be sitting in the center chair in the "Women Who Kick Ass" panel, which traditionally features actresses who have conquered obstacles in the film and TV industry. In addition to the panel, the movie is expected to screen at San Diego Comic-Con, the publication says.
Excitement for Atomic Blonde has been brewing since CinemaCon in March, where exhibitors were reportedly floored by footage of Theron in hand-to-hand combat with a group of bad guys. Since then, Focus Features has been amping up anticipation of the film with several bits of teaser footage, including a red-band trailer and “Atomic Summer” chapters — Father Figure, The Politics of Dancing and Major Tom — each of which reveals an extended scene from the film. The final Atomic Blonde trailer dropped last week.
Atomic Blonde, which is produced by Leitch and Theron, is based on Antony Johnston’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City. Theron assumes the role of Lorraine Broughton, an expert MI-6 agent who is sent to find a double-agent hunting the agency’s operatives in Berlin. The film, which also stars James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella (The Mummy) and John Goodman, first screened at SXSW in Austin, Texas, where early reviews curated by Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a fresh rating of 76 percent.
Judging the footage released by the production so far, Atomic Blonde is looking to deliver big on the sort of hyperkinetic action that Leitch brought to John Wick - with the bonus, of course, being Theron's tremendous presence in the lead role. If the film delivers on its promise, it will hopefully convince Theron to bring fans more butt-kicking action in the future; and perhaps give another peek at the sort of filmmaking sensibilities Leitch will bring as the director of Deadpool 2.
- Atomic Blonde (2017) release date: Jul 28, 2017