“But at its core, the fact that I got to put two badass women on screen was everything. The script came to me at a time when I had been looking to move into a bigger sandbox and it ended up presenting me with the opportunity to do exactly what I wanted: To put female heroes into the world, one of whom is a young black woman.” – Gina Prince-Bythewood, director “The Old Guard”
It’s no coincidence that Gina Prince-Bythewood, one of the baddest directors of the past two decades, was selected to helm THE OLD GUARD – this summer’s action blockbuster that premiered July 10 on Netflix.
It’s also no wonder she jumped at the chance to direct a film that boasted two strong female leads – Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne – with her history of female driven films that include gems such as “Beyond the Lights,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” and the 2000 classic “Love & Basketball.”
Ms. Bythewood joined the AAFCA roundtable last week to discuss everything from the new film, its cast, her influences and what’s lined up next – it was recently announced she’ll be directing “The Woman King” featuring Viola Davis.