Oscar winner Charlize Theron explodes into action in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck thriller that follows MI6’s most elite spy through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.
The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James Mcavoy – ‘Split’, ‘X-Men’ series) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
A “blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style”, Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (co-director, ‘John Wick’; director of upcoming ‘Deadpool 2’), who has imagined a world as brutal and deadly as it is real.
The setting for the story that would become Atomic Blonde represents a singular time and place in history: Berlin, right before the Wall came down after standing for 28 years. Constructed in 1961 by the Communist East Berlin government to separate citizens from the city’s American, British and French sectors – which had been established via the 1945 Potsdam Conference agreement at the conclusion of WWII – the Wall had engendered a cloaked, segregated arena in which spies, operatives and Cold War players would wage battles both official and unsanctioned.
“It was a Wild West atmosphere,” marvels Charlize Theron, who began developing the script almost five years ago, with an eye to perform in the action-thriller. “You had the Soviet KGB and the East German Stasi against the American CIA, British MI6 and French DGSE. Graft, bribery, blackmail, violence – this was the daily diet for those agents at that time.”