The director of “Atomic Blonde” explains what went into Charlize Theron’s icy introduction in the spy thriller

Charlize Theron’s British spy Lorraine Broughton in Atomic Blonde is, without a doubt, mysterious. But the film offers clues into the character, her opening scene being a big example.

In that scene, we see Lorraine taking an icy bath — presumably to recover from her time in the field — and inspecting her wounds, among other things.

Through this introduction to our heroine extraordinaire, Atomic Blonde director David Leitch wanted to express that Lorraine is both tough and vulnerable, as he explains in an exclusive clip debuting on HelloGiggles.

"This was the sequence that I used to help pitch the movie, actually. It wasn't on the page. There [were] like two lines in the original script of like she's broken and beat up or whatever, but I thought it was important to have this visual motif of someone who had been through a war and the mystery of it, and sort of the vulnerability of it and because she's such an icy, strong character, you just needed to find simple, visual ways to make her empathetic."

He continues, “How do you tell simply things about this character? Obviously, the bruising. Obviously, the drinking. Obviously, she is mysterious. She’s living in London. It’s all cut to music, really, but we’re learning so much about the character in a visual way.”

Not only that, but the Atomic Blonde clip also includes moody, comic-book inspired visuals that give you an idea of what went into the creation of this opening scene.

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Want more? (And honestly, who wouldn’t want more of Theron in top, badass form?) Well, you’re in luck because Atomic Blonde is now available on Digital, and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 14th.