Netflix teams up with Charlize Theron, ‘Mulan’ Director Niki Caro for women surfers film

Charlize Theron and ‘Mulan’ director Niki Caro are joining forces for a new movie on Netflix.


The 45-year-old actress and producer and the 54-year-old filmmaker’s flick for the streaming giant is set to centre on four female athlete’s fight for equality in big wave surfing.

According to Variety, the film will be based on Daniel Duane’s New York Times Magazine piece, ‘The Fight For Gender Equality In One of the Most Dangerous Sports on Earth’.

The feature will tell the story of surfers Bianca Valenti, Andrea Moller, Paige Alms and Keala Kennelly and their battle to compete in the male-dominated sport.

Charlize will serve as producer, Niki is set to helm the flick, and the screenplay has been adapted by Becky Johnston.

Meanwhile, Charlize recently revealed she would love to make a lesbian ‘Die Hard’ reboot.

The screen star responded to a fan on Twitter pitching her for a gender-swapped remake of the 1988 Bruce Willis blockbuster which would see the lead character “on a rampage to save her wife”, and she confirmed she’d definitely be interested.

She said: “Yeah, I mean, it’s a great idea. That’s why I replied on Twitter. Because I just thought that was kind of brilliant.

“I was like, ‘This person needs to start pitching. That’s a great idea.’ And the fact that it would be two women, I was like, ‘Yeah, sign me on.'”


Charlize is also producing the sequel to 2017’s ‘Atomic Blonde’ and horror ‘Two Eyes Staring’.

Charlize Theron and Niki Caro are currently in the process of developing a feature film about female surfers for Netflix, with Theron’s production company Denver and Delilah backing the project. The film will be based on the New York Times Magazine article called “The Fight for Gender Equality in One of the Most Dangerous Sports on Earth.” Written by Daniel Duane, the article expounds on the lack of gender equality in big-wave surfing, and the real-life women who are fighting for inclusivity, Bianca Valenti, Andrea Moller, Paige Alms, and Keala Kennelly.

Most surfing movies that come to mind are more light-hearted or action-oriented flicks like Point Break or Johnny Tsunami, and most of these films also feature only male characters as the surfers. There are two notable exceptions that come to mind, both more about sharks than anything else — 2011’s Soul Surfer and The Shallows with Blake Lively. Theron and Caro’s film will be decidedly different, focusing on four women who come together as they fight for the right to compete in big-wave contests in a script written by Becky Johnston.