KEY POINTS

  • The movie is based on a New York Times Magazine article by Daniel Duane
  • Niki Caro, known for Disney's live-action "Mulan," will direct the film 
  • Becky Johnston is writing the screenplay for the movie

Actress Charlize Theron and New Zealand film director Niki Caro are all set to team up for Netflix's upcoming untitled movie inspired by female surfers fighting for the right to compete in big-wave contests.

The movie revolves around four women who form a strong bond while surfing the world’s most dangerous spots and fight for the right to compete in big-wave contests.

Caro, who directed the live-action film “Mulan" feature for Disney, will helm the movie, which is based on the New York Times Magazine article, "The Fight For Gender Equality In One of the Most Dangerous Sports on Earth," by Daniel Duane and the women -- Bianca Valenti, Andrea Moller, Paige Alms, and Keala Kennelly.

Becky Johnston, who wrote the screenplay for movies like "Arthur Newman" and "Born in Flames," has joined the project to pen the screenplay.

Most movies based on surfing are usually action-oriented or light-hearted projects such as 1999's "Johnny Tsunami" and 1991's "Point Break." While most of these movies featured male characters as water sports experts, Theron and the 54-year-old director's upcoming project will be interesting to watch as it will explore female surfers and their fight for equality in big wave surfing.

Theron will produce the project along with AJ Dix, and Beth Kono.

Caro previously directed family drama, "Whale Rider" in 2002, and sports drama, "McFarland" in 2015. She also helmed war drama movies like "The Zookeeper's Wife," which is currently streaming on Netflix. She has also teamed up with Jennifer Lopez for an action thriller, "The Mother," based on “Leon, The Professional,” coming up for Netflix.

On the other hand, Theron is occupied with producing multiple projects. She is also filming for "The School for Good and Evil," in which she portrays Lady Lesso's character. The movie is based on Soman Chainani's book series with the same name and is slated to release in 2022.

Charlize Theron Charlize Theron arrives for the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, on Feb. 9, 2020. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images