Charlize Theron And Director Niki Caro Are Making A Women’s Big Wave Surfing Film At Netflix

The working relationship between Charlize Theron and Netflix has already been a successful one. Last year’s The Old Guard was one of the streamer’s most-watched summer films, and now the two sides are coming together again on a female surfing project that be directed by Mulan‘s Niki Caro.

Theron and Caro are teaming up for a film based on Daniel Duane’s New York Times article, “The Fight For Gender Equality In One of the Most Dangerous Sports on Earth.” The story, published in 2019, follows the bond of friendship that forms between surfers Bianca Valenti, Andrea Moller, Paige Alms, and Keala Kennelly as they battle gender prejudice within the competitive surfing scene.

Anyone who has seen Caro’s breathtaking imagery in 2002’s Whale Rider should be excited to see her going back to the ocean.

The script will be adapted by Becky Johnston, with Caro directing and Theron producing.It’s unclear if Theron will also take a role in this film, but don’t be surprised if she does. Add this to Theron’s growing influence as a producer, which includes an upcoming sequel to Atomic Blonde. [Deadline]

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