Yes, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road prequel is indeed happening – with Miller directing, co-writing and producing – and they’ve cast the leads!
We now have our younger Imperator Furiosa, the character Charlize Theron played in Fury Road and now the titular focus of a prequel. Anya Taylor-Joy, whose credits include The Witch, Split, Peaky Blinders and The New Mutants, has been cast in the role.
Miller had previously said they were looking at the possibility of having Theron back, using de-ageing tech to maker her appear in her 20s. They’ve clearly gone against that extensive work, opting to instead cast 24-year-old Taylor-Joy.
Also on board Furiosa: Australia’s Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, although at this stage there are no details on who the actors will be playing. Hemsworth is, of course, known for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Abdul-Mateen starred as Manta in Aquaman and recently took home a Primetime Emmy Award for his performance in the Watchmen series.
Furiosa will find Taylor-Joy playing a younger version of the character, who we met as a war captain under lord of The Citadel/leader of the fanatical War Boys, Immortan Joe. Turning against Joe to free his concubines, she formed a reluctant alliance with one Max Rockatansky, played by Tom Hardy.
Miller will be directing Furiosa from a script he penned with Nico Lathouris, with whom he wrote Fury Road.
Mad Max: Fury Road earned $US374 million worldwide from a budget of around $US150 million. The film was highly lauded by both audiences and critics and went on to win six Academy Awards (Editing, Costume, Makeup/Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Production Design).
Taylor-Joy recently finished working on Last Night in Solo, a thriller from Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver filmmaker Edgar Wright. She’ll next be seen leading Netflix mini-series The Queen’s Gambit, hitting the streamer on October 23rd.