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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Harry Melling join Gina Prince-Bythewood's The Old Guard for Netflix

12 Years A Slave

Story by Jack Foley

ACADEMY Award Nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years A Slave, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, The Lion King, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Harry Melling (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Devil All the Time) and Veronica Ngo (Bright, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) have joined the cast of The Old Guard for Netflix.

They will join the previously announced Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Matthias Schoenaerts and Luca Marinelli.

Based on the graphic novel series created by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernandez, The Old Guard tells the story of a small covert group of immortal mercenaries who must fight to keep their team together when they discover the existence of a new immortal and their extraordinary abilities are exposed.

The film will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond The Lights).

The movie is currently filming in the UK.

Melling is most well-known for his starring role in the Coen Brother’s multi-award-winning feature The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. He has just wrapped Antonio Campsos’ thriller The Devil All the Time, opposite Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, and will soon be seen in Ciro Guerra’s Waiting for the Barbarians.

His theatre credits include Mother Courage and Her Children at The National Theatre, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios, King Lear opposite Glenda Jackson at the Old Vic, and the lead in the West End transfer of Hand to God.