Karen Fratti
July 29, 2017 12:17 pm
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Charlize Theron’s new action movie turns the idea that a super spy has to be male on its head. But that’s not the only thing that’s unusual (and thrilling) about the film. In Atomic Blonde, Theron’s love interest is a woman, a detail that wasn’t in the original story.

Theron plays Lorraine Broughton in Atomic Blonde, a Bond-like spy in 1989 Berlin. And though the movie centers around her character’s journey, she does have a love interest in Sofia Boutella’s character, Delphine Lasalle.

Lasalle, though, was supposed to be a man.

In the graphic novel on which the film is based, Broughton is supposed to seduce a male Lasalle. But scriptwriter Kurt Johnstad wanted to ~flip the script~ (sorry, we had to).

Johnstad told The Hollywood Reporter that he just threw the idea out to Theron, saying, “I think it’s cool if we gender flip this and make it a woman.”

And Theron was all about it. “That’s cool,” the star said.

So far, it’s been a good idea. Not only is it awesome to see two badass women on-screen and being intimate with each other, but the sex scenes between them are really driving the marketing and interest for the film.

Which, hopefully, will be a sign to studios that women want MORE OF THIS.

The film’s director, David Leitch, said that the changes were made long before he signed onto the project. “The relationship was flipped before I came onboard. It was a great idea. You always have to find ways to [make stories contemporary], reach bigger audiences and be provocative in your storytelling,” he told THR.

Theron, for her part, was excited that the “love story” in the film isn’t exactly about romance. As it often happens in real life, the relationship is about sex. She told Entertainment Weekly:

You’re right, Charlize, a lot of people do. And we’re really happy to see  more of it on the big screen.