Nearly 10 years after Mad Max: The Fury Road made its theatrical debut, Warner Bros. announced the franchise’s prequel film, Furiosa.
According to ScreenRant, the first image of the prequel featured Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role. She will be replacing Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. The new film will also star Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, Nathan Jones, and Angus Sampson.
Its IMDb description reads, “The origin story of renegade warrior Furiosa before she teamed up with Mad Max in Fury Road.”
Watch: ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ Trailer
Taylor-Joy is known for her most recent films The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Princess Peach) and Amsterdam (Libby Voze). She was also in Peaky Blinders from 2019 to 2022.
Max Max first premiered in April 1979 starring Mel Gibson. Mad Max 2 premiered in December 1981 followed by Max Mad Beyond Thunderdome in July 1985. 30 years later, Mad Max: Fury Road premiered, but Gibson did not return. Tom Hardy played the main role of Max Rockatansky. Fury Road scored nearly $400 million in the box office globally.
‘Furiosa’ Director Thought About ‘De-Aging Charlize Theron so She Could Reprise Her ‘Fury Road’ Role
In 2020, Furiosa and Fury Road director George Miller told The New York Times he considered the idea of de-aging Charlize Theron for the upcoming film.
“For the longest time, I thought we could just use CG de-aging on Charlize,” Miller explained. “But I don’t think we’re nearly there yet.” Miller said the effect would have been like Robert De Niro in The Irishmen, but he still called the idea an “uncanny valley.”
“Everyone is on the verge of solving it, particularly Japanese video-game designers,” he continued. “but there’s still a pretty wide valley, I believe.”
Theron had a rough experience on the Fury Road set due to her feud with co-star Hardy. In an excerpt from Kyle Buchanan’s Blood, Sweat, & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max; Fury Road camera operator Mark Goellnich stated the whole thing started when Hardy showed up to set three hours late.
After he finally showed up, the duo had an exchange of words that resulted in Theron feeling so threatened she had to have a producer with her at all times for protection.
“It got to a place where it was kind of out of hand, and there was a sense that maybe sending a woman producer down could maybe equalize some of it,” Theron explained. “Because I didn’t feel safe. I don’t want to make excuses for bad behavior, but it was a tough shoot. Now, I have a very clear perspective on what went down. I don’t think I had that clarity when we were making the movie. I was in survival mode; I was really scared s—less.”
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