Led by Love & Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood, 51, The Old Guard follows a gang of immortal mercenaries who are hunted down by a pharmaceutical company that wants to reveal the secrets of their eternal youth.
The film won over audiences and critics alike, and broke Netflix-set records as millions of people around the world logged on to stream the two-hour film – all while helping to bridge the diversity gap behind the camera.
On Twitter Friday, Netflix wrote: “The Old Guard is breaking records!
“Charlize Theron’s blockbuster is already one of the 10 most popular Netflix movies of all time – and Gina Prince-Bythewood is the first black female director on the list.
“The film is currently on track to reach 72 million households in its first 4 weeks!”
The news was a thrill for Charlize who went on Twitter to react with a series of celebratory emojis.
She also reported that she would wear multiple hits to success as she shared a meme of herself by drinking a bottle of vodka with the caption “Friday night” next to a photo of her character lying dead and covered blood with the caption “Monday Morning”.
She captioned the meme, “I feel this.”
I feel that. pic.twitter.com/9368dnI3Yx
– Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) 18 juillet 2020
Gobsmacked (shot in the UK for 9½ months). Thanks so much for watching and re-watching and digging Andy & Nile & Booker & Joe & Nicky (and) Quynh as much as me. #femalefilmmakerfriday for real. https://t.co/iRaXko4KzN
– Gina Prince-Bythewood (@GPBmadeit) July 18, 2020
Meanwhile, director Gina also expressed her gratitude for this success.
She tweeted: “Gobsmacked (filmed in the UK for 9½ months). Thanks so much for watching, reviewing, and digging Andy & Nile & Booker & Joe & Nicky (and) Quynh as much as I did. ”
The film – which released on Netflix on July 10 – ends on a cliffhanger, but a sequel has yet to be officially announced.