In Netflix's The Old Guard, Charlize Theron plays an absolute beast. She is a demi-god mercenary who has lived (and killed) for centuries, helping to alter the course of the world. And though she wasn't explicitly in a same-sex relationship — though Nicky and Joe are a sweet and passionate alternative — her connection to Quynh seemed to be deeper than just friends. But a new Twitter-sourced film project would see Theron in a more explicitly queer role.
"Lesbian Christmas rom coms are all well and good but what I really want is a Die Hard where Charlize Theron goes on a rampage to save her wife," one Twitter user posted Saturday. You and me both!
But it looks like we aren't the only ones. Theron herself saw the tweet and responded.
"Where do I sign," she wrote simply. Well, now we've got something going!
The idea was no doubt influenced by all the discourse around Happiest Season, Hulu's historic lesbian romantic comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis. For the press tour of that Clea DuVall-directed project, Theron interviewed Davis for Interview magazine. In their conversation, the pair talked about non-queer actors playing queer roles.
"That’s the first conversation I had with Clea," Davis said. "There are certain parts I wouldn’t take, and that I think are important not to take—there are people who could easily take those parts who are members of that community. The reason behind this push, I think, is not that everybody should be playing their own identity, but that people who have that identity have not had other opportunities in Hollywood. So please just allow the space for them to exist in this world, because trans people aren’t getting cast as the straight, romantic lead in a movie. Give them the space to occupy a corner of the industry that straight people, cis people, don’t need to venture into." In the case of Happiest Season, she talked to both Stewart and DuVall about the issue who felt that the dynamic between Davis and Stewart was more important than identity.
But Theron said she finds that process "almost insulting."
"I feel like a good actor is a good actor, and I can't wait for us to look at nonbinary queer actors in the same way that we do hetero-cis actors." As such, she has no problems in this new dreamcast action film.
For the project, Hannah Simone offered her own name up as the "tired Indian wife who doesn't like to run fast even when danger is present and therefore would need all the saving." The British Canadian actress previously was on New Girl.
"I got your back boo!" Theron tweeted in response.
Theron, of course, has a history of playing queer roles. She won an Oscar in 2003 playing Aileen Wuornos opposite Christina Ricci in Monster. In 2018 she did Tully with Davis where she played a bisexual mom, and then she played a sapphic spy in Atomic Blonde. This has happened alongside a career as a staunch and vocal ally. In fact, early Tuesday, she showed that solidarity.
"A retweet from [Charlize] is a hell of a thing to wake up to in the morning," the user who originally posted the Die Hard idea wrote to Twitter. "I guess I'm meant to share something so please help defend trans rights." Theron responded to the new tweet, which linked to a legal defense fund for trans folks, with a series of hearts, which given Twitter's algorithm, would give the post more visibility.
There's no telling whether this would ever get off the ground. Outside of many projects being stalled given the ongoing pandemic, Twitter sourced projects have a spotty history of coming to fruition no matter the interest. While an infamous Twitter thread was eventually turned into the film Zola, with a screenplay co-written by Jeremy O. Harris, a much-anticipated spy film starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o with Ava Duvernay as director still hasn't seen the light of day though those involved said it was seriously discussed.
But we can dream!