Focus Features has debuted a new restricted trailer for director David Leitch’s action-spy film “Atomic Blonde,” which stars Charlize Theron as a deadly femme fatale. Leitch co-directed the 2014 action film “John Wick” with Chad Stahelski, and the influence is apparent in the grueling fight scene the opens this trailer.
The film is an adaptation “The Coldest City,” the 2012 Oni Press graphic novel by writer Antony Johnston and artist Sam Hart, which follows MI6 spy Lorraine Broughton as she’s sent to Berlin in 1989, just days before the Berlin Wall fell, to retrieve a non-official cover (NOC) list taken from the body of another operative. Broughton teams up with Berlin station chief, played in the film by James McAvoy, to retrieve the list and save the lives of Western intelligence agents.
“Every country with people in Berlin, no matter how small, had an agenda,” Johnston told CBR in 2012, just before the release of “The Coldest City.” “They all distrusted one another, even their allies, because everyone wanted to ‘win’ the game of intelligence. But they were in such close proximity they couldn’t help stepping on each other’s toes, interfering with missions, overhearing tantalizing secrets—it was an impossible game, where perhaps you could win individual battles, but not the war. The war was endless. Or so everyone thought until the end of 1989.”
The trailer received its restricted rating, presumably, for the profanity and one steamy scene between Theron and Sofia Boutella, who plays a French operative. “Atomic Blonde” will not be Boutella’s first comic book adaptation, as she also played the blade-footed Gazelle in Matthew Vaughn’s 2015 “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” based on “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.
Arriving in theaters June 28, “Atomic Blonde” stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and John Goodman. The film will premiere March 12 at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
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