Atomic Blonde director David Leitch is hoping the summer action movie starring Charlize Theron as a butt-kicking British agent will spawn a sequel, and possibly even kick off a whole series of films a la Jason Bourne and Mission: Impossible. Set in the final years of the Cold War, Atomic Blonde stars Oscar-winner Theron as Lorraine Broughton, a high-level British agent sent to Berlin on a dangerous mission to take down an espionage ring that could threaten the West's entire intelligence operation. The steely Broughton connects with her Berlin contact David Percival (James McAvoy), and despite their differences, the two must team up to battle their way through a John Wickian onslaught of enemy agents.
Theron underwent extensive training in order to pull off the movie's many elaborately-choreographed fight sequences, and judging by the footage, the hard and painful work (Theron reportedly broke two teeth during shooting and has undergone multiple root canals) paid off in a big and exciting way. Despite all the agony she went through, Theron is apparently game to make more movies in the Atomic Blonde world and she's not alone.
In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Atomic Blonde director David Leitch talked about the possibility of making a sequel and potentially turning Theron's tough-as-nails Lorraine Broughton character into a new Jason Bourne or Ethan Hunt:
"I hope so. I think it will all come down to business at the end of the day. The will is there on our side. I think all of the creatives involved on Atomic Blonde want to do future films and it’s really… hopefully, Wonder Woman is an indication of a female, sort of action film and maybe we can latch on to some of that success and people will see Lorraine kick ass and we can do that again."
The popularity of Wonder Woman certainly raised a lot of eyebrows and hopefully opened up more possibilities for female directors to have a shot at major franchise movies, but it remains to be seen if the film truly created a new demand for female action stars. Atomic Blonde will be one of the first female-centered action movies to hit theaters in the wake of Wonder Woman and a lot of people will be watching closely to see how it performs, and will no doubt read a lot into its box office numbers one way or the other.
That being said, if there's any actress in Hollywood capable of holding down an action franchise the way Matt Damon, Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves have done, it's Charlize Theron. With an Academy Award under her belt for her powerful performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, clearly she has all the acting chops you could ever need. As Atomic Blonde demonstrates, she can pull off physically demanding fight sequences as well as her male counterparts (not to mention the other kinds of physical action she gets involved in with co-star Sofia Boutella).
There has been some talk recently about Theron possibly taking over for Daniel Craig and becoming the first female James Bond (Theron for her part has a different actor in mind for the role), but instead of taking over an established franchise, perhaps Theron can establish her own iconic character in her own on-going series.
- Atomic Blonde (2017) release date: Jul 28, 2017