‘The Old Guard’ Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Casting KiKi Layne

Gina Prince-Bythewood has always wanted to direct an action movie.Her dream was finally realized with “The Old Guard,” an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name about a group of immortal mercenaries.“I, for a long while, never thought I’d get the opportunity to make one given the way Hollywood loves to work,” Prince-Bythewood, 51, tells Variety.

“But then Patty Jenkins did ‘Wonder Woman’ and did such a phenomenal job that, that creaked the door open just a little bit.”Prince-Bythewood explained that Skydance was intent on finding a female director when they bought the rights to the property.

“They said in the room that they loved ‘Love & Basketball’ and loved ‘Beyond the Lights’ and loved what I did with the characters with that and they wanted that vibe for ‘The Old Guard’ so that it didn’t just feel like an action film, but more like an action drama,

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