Charlize Theron is becoming Hollywood's biggest bad ass.
While the Academy Award-winning actor has always been acclaimed for her nuanced and intense portrayals throughout her decades in the business, Theron's portrayal of Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road set her on a path parallel to today's greatest action stars.
She might be taking a breather while her co-stars fistfight their way out of prison in this weekend's The Fate Of The Furious, but that break won't be long as she returns to theaters this summer in the Atomic Blonde.
Directed by John Wick's David Leitch—who is helming Deadpool 2 after this—the movie is based on the Oni Press comic book The Coldest City by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart. It details Theron's role as an MI6 agent in Berlin on a quest for revenge.
That's just the cliff notes version because the whole plot is a bit more complex than that, as espionage films usually are. But that's the basic premise of the film, which really is a vehicle for Theron to kick a ton of ass in some exciting and brutal ways.
It all looks like a more elegant John Wick—not to say that the Keanu Reeves action franchise lacks in the department, but those movies tend to focus on Wick's sheer will in his quest for vengeance. He gets the job done, but it's not always pretty.
Where as Theron's character in Atomic Blonde applies a certain finesse in the way she tosses a rope around a person's neck to anchor herself as she dives off a balcony.
Plus, she beats down some baddies with a stiletto in a clip that looks like it will give the Raid 2's infamous car scene a run for its money.
Atomic Blonde was previewed at SXSW earlier this year to critical acclaim and should be a welcome treat when it premieres in theaters July 28.
The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Directed by David Leitch, Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman, and Toby Jones.