Classic 80s Tracks Make Charlize Theron Even Hotter in 2 New Atomic Blonde Trailers

I hadn’t heard a peep about Atomic Blonde until the first trailer and now it’s all I want. These two new trailers starring Charlize Theron and featuring 80s music only cement that fact.

Sofia Boutella, John Goodman, and James McAvoy also star in the feature from Focus Features. It’s based on Antony Johnston’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, and set in the 80s (which I didn’t realize previously, I guess I was distracted or SOMETHING) so this trailer soundtrack is perfect. Here’s another, similar, trailer released today.

Speaking to Empire Magazine, director David Leitch gave some background:

As the uncredited co-director of John Wick and with stunt experience on films from 300 to Wolverine and The Mechanic, Leith knows how to put an action sequence together. From just a few seconds in we see Charlize Theron beating down bad guys without breaking sweat. ‘Charlize was training for three months, for three-to-four hours, four days a week. She did a lot with our stunt team at 87Eleven [the same stunt team that got Keanu Reeves ready for the John Wick movies]. She was as good as anyone we’ve ever brought into that facility. We expanded the action sequences tremendously based on what she was able to do. Her dance background was helpful on that front, but mainly her work ethic… She wanted to deliver something that was provocative and worthy of an Academy Award-winner.’

You can also catch Theron wearing a “BOY London” shirt briefly in one scene. “If you were trying to be undercover in this world you wouldn’t be wearing a trenchcoat,” he said of the film’s setting. “If you’re trying to get to the underworld of Berlin it’s not suits and ties; it’s rock and roll. There’s a music video vibe to the whole movie, but more contemporary music videos than 80s ones.” Will the actual soundtrack mimic what we see here? “There’s a lot of pop, a lot New Wave in there. You’ll hear Depeche Mode, David Bowie, ‘Til Tuesday,” Leitch told Empire. “There are fifteen tracks from the 1980s and every single one is iconic.”

In case you missed the first red band trailer (I sure didn’t), here that is…

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