The Old Guard House Filming Location: Where was The Old Guard filmed?

The cast with Charlize Theron
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Netflix’s graphic novel movie adaptation The Old Guard is based on the comic books by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, first published in 2017. The plot revolves around an enigmatic team of secret immortal warriors whose real origins are unknown. According to one of them, this group of brothers in arms are the good or the bad guys depending on the century.

The film, produced by Skydance Film (the same producers who created top action movies like 6 Underground, Top Gun Maverick or the Mission Impossible film series just to name a few), is starring Charlize Theron as Andy or Andromache of Scythia and KiKi Layne as the marine Nile Freeman.

The eternal members of this selected club are experienced globetrotters, but in this movie we will see them only in Morocco, South Sudan, Afghanistan, France and the United Kingdom. However, The Old Guard was entirely filmed in England and Morocco. The estudio work was hosted at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, quite close from where the house of the mercenaries was set.

El Fenn hotel Marrakech
The opening scenes in Morocco, where the team meets in El Fenn hotel, where shot in Marrakesh. The bustling market square is the iconic Jemaa el-Fnaa, situated in the heart of the old medina quarter. The scenes in South Sudan and Afghanistan were also shot in the country. It's not confirmed, but usually all the big international movies use the Atlas Studios near Ouarzazate when they require a Middle East setting. The complex has plenty of sets located in a western section of the Sahara desert. Top produccions like Vikings, Game of Thrones or Prison Break were also recorded here.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


The Old Guard city
The exterior of the Merrick pharma company is a skyscraper located at 6 New St Square in Holborn near the Maughan Library in London, one of the Enola Holmes filming locations. The Merrick's penthouse apartment on the top was CGI'd into the building. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


The Old Guard House
In the film, Charlie's safe house is a disused church in the French town of Goussainville. It has been abandoned for 50 years because the Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport is too close. The Old Guard home is actually the All Saint's Church in Shirburn, near Watlington in Oxfordshire. As you can check out in the picture, the tower of the Norman temple was altered via CGI to look a bit taller. Image courtesy of Netflix and Church Crawler - Map


The interior of the church
The fight scene was also filmed inside the church. However, the rooms in the crypt probably are a set built at Shepperton Studios. The scenes of Andy in the past fighting with the immortal who died, Lykon, were shot at Bourne Woods, a scenic forest located near the studios. Image courtesy of Netflix - Bourne Woods Map


The medieval Castle
The short scene where Andy and Quynh (Veronica Ngo) are hanged for witchcraft in the Middle Ages is the Shirburn Castle. The church is part of the castle's complex. The old seat of the Earls of Macclesfield is a 14th century quadrangular medieval fortress surrounded by a moat. This historical landmark was the Midsomer Priory for the Midsomer Murders show and Mycroft Holmes's country estate in Guy Ritchie's 2011 movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Image courtesy of Netflix and Wikimedia - Map


The town in France
According to local media, the pharmacy in a city in Val d'Argent was shot in an English village called Sandwich in Kent. The film crew dressed exteriors of store windows in Market St to look like a French town.
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Copley house
Copley's modern house is The Homewood in Esher, Surrey. This is an early 20th-century country villa designed by architect Patrick Gwynneat, heavily influenced by the work of modernist architects Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. The estate, owned by the National Trust, is currently closed and hopes to reopen again next year for pre-booked visits. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


The Old Guard drehort
The bar where the mercenaries have to take a decision about Booker is the Prospect of Whitby. This historic pub is located on the banks of the Thames in St Katharine's & Wapping, London. The main cast is completed by Matthias Schoenaerts as Booker or Sebastian Le Livre, Marwan Kenzari as Joe or Yusuf Al-Kaysani and Luca Marinelli as Nicky or Nicolo di Genova. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

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The final scene in the movie teases a possible The Old Guard 2 sequel. In the meantime, you can follow the deeds of Andy & co checking out the original illustrated novel series of the same name:

  

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4 comments
  1. Copley's house seems like the Homewood in Esher. Please have a look.
    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-homewood

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  2. The pharmacy interior is the Trio Pharmacy, 19-21 High Street, Surrey.

    The Afghanistan village is a Berber village on the Plateau du Kik in Morocco.

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  3. Why mention Val d'Argent in the movie although it wasn't shot there at all ?

    Anyway, really good movie !

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