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Gina Prince-Bythewood and Terilyn Shropshire on Being Historical Firsts for ‘The Old Guard’
 Aimee Spinks/NETFLIX
It’s 2020 and “Love and Basketball” director Gina Prince-Bythewood has achieved a Hollywood first — she’s the first Black woman to direct an action-comic book film, and her editor, Terilyn Shropshire (“When They See Us”) has the same distinction.

“It’s whack,” comments Prince-Bythewood of the historic moment.
“The Old Guard,” which premieres on Netflix July 10, is based on the graphic novel by Greg Rucka, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Charlize Theron as Andy, a female warrior leading a group of immortal mercenaries who discovers that someone has found out how to replicate their healing powers. Along the way, Kiki Layne (Nile) also rises up after being mortally wounded during a siege. Andy recruits her to join the team and help in the mission.
When Prince-Bythewood was picked to helm “The Old Guard” for Netflix, her go-to editor was her right-hand woman, Shropshire. Their collaborative partnership goes back 20 years. Prince-Bythewood and Shropshire spoke to Variety about their comic book milestone, their collaboration and breaking down key moments in the film — including a romantic moment where the film’s LGBTQ couple share an intimate kiss.

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