| 8.5/10 |
28 July 2017 (USA)
| A.J. Dix
The Coldest City
by Antony Johnston
Denver and Delilah Productions
Tyler Bates, Ennio Morricone
Charlize Theron, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, Kelly McCormick, Eric Gitter, Peter Schwerin
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman, Roland Møller
Trapped, The Defector, A Dandy in Aspic, The Whistle Blower, Background to Danger
Atomic Blonde is an upcoming American spy action thriller film directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West. The film stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones. This will be Leitch's first solo credit as director, after co-directing John Wick with Chad Stahelski.
The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, 2017. It will be released theatrically on July 28, 2017, by Focus Features.
Atomic Blonde Wikipedia
The film takes place in Berlin, 1989, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the shifting of superpower alliances. Lorraine Wallace, a top-level spy for MI6, is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival, and the two form an uneasy alliance, unleashing their full arsenal of skills in pursuing a threat that jeopardizes the West’s entire intelligence operation.Charlize Theron as Lorraine Wallace
James McAvoy as David Percival
John Goodman as CIA Agent
Til Schweiger as James Gascoigne
Eddie Marsan as Spyglass
Sofia Boutella as Sandrine
Toby Jones as Gray
James Faulkner as C
Roland Møller as Beckmentov
Johannes Johansson as Bakhtin
Sam Hargrave as Gascoigne
On May 9, 2015, it was announced that Focus Features had bought the American rights to Antony Johnston's spy thriller graphic novel The Coldest City, with Charlize Theron set to play the lead role of a female spy. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski were attached to direct the film based on the script by Kurt Johnstad, with the production start in October in Germany. Sierra/Affinity's Nick Meyer would be fully financing the film with a budget of around $30 million. Theron would produce the film along with Beth Kono & A.J. Dix through her Denver and Delilah Productions, Eric Gitter & Peter Schwerin through Closed on Mondays Entertainment, Kelly McCormick through Sierra/Affinity, with 87Eleven. On October 2, 2015, Leitch exited his partner Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter 2 to direct The Coldest City alone, which would start shooting in November in Hungary and Germany. On October 16, 2015, James McAvoy joined the cast of the film. November 2, 2015, John Goodman signed on to play the role of an American agent. On October 26, 2015, TheWrap reported that Sofia Boutella had joined the film for an unspecified role.
Principal photography on the film began on November 22, 2015 in Budapest, and it would later move to Berlin.
In May 2015, Focus Features acquired distribution rights to the film. The film was scheduled to be released on August 11, 2017. It was later pushed up to July 28, 2017. It had its world premiere at the South by Southwest on March 12, 2017.
Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 76% based on 17 reviews and an average score of 6.9/10. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 based on reviews from mainstream critics, the film has a score of 68 averaged from 8 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".