The next film in George Miller’s Mad Max franchise is poised to be the biggest feature ever shot in the Australian state of NSW.
Set to star Aussie star Chris Hemsworth, Anya Taylor-Joy and Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Furiosa is to be a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, with Taylor-Joy playing the titular character memorably played by Charlize Theron.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian called the big production a win for the state and for Australia’s film industry as a whole.
“This is great news for NSW – Furiosa is expected to support more than 850 local jobs and bring in around $350 million into the NSW economy,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“NSW will be home to this major production providing a boost to the economy across the State with filming to take place in a number of locations including in Western Sydney and regional NSW.”
Great news the Mad Max prequel – Furiosa starring Chris Hemsworth – is being filmed right here in NSW. The biggest ever film to be made in Australia, supporting more than 850 local jobs and bringing in $350 million to the economy. pic.twitter.com/HzZXcqeAUt
— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) April 19, 2021
Miller thanked the Berejiklian Government, Screen Australia and Screen NSW for providing the path to have the project set up in the state. “They made it possible for the film to be greenlit, shot in Australia and for the production to be based in our home state,” Miller said.
The State Government’s $175 million Made in NSW fund and PDV Rebate, as well as the Federal Government’s 40 per cent Producer Offset, played a major role in securing the production.
Furiosa will be shot “all over NSW”, Miller told the media. That includes Broken Hill, around where Miller filmed his 1981 Mad Max sequel, Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior). Broken Hill was also where Miller had planned to film Fury Road, although an uncommon rainy season had given the region more greenery than the filmmaker had envisioned for that film’s setting. He ended up relocating the majority of Fury Road‘s shoot to Africa (South Africa, Namibia) instead.
Plot details for Furiosa have so far been kept under wraps; not much known, apart from the fact that it will focus on a younger version of the character and explore her origin story. Interestingly, Miller told media that the film will be “a saga” with a story taking place “over many years”.
With Furiosa, Hemsworth will have managed to film two major pictures back-to-back on his home soil. The actor had moved from Byron Bay to Sydney to shoot his next Thor movie, Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Love and Thunder, and he’ll be sticking around for this. Hemsworth said that he is feeling a “lot of pressure” with Furiosa, seeing as Mad Max had quite the impact on him growing up.
“It’s something I’m going to put my heart and soul into because it really is for me, out of everything I’ve done, the biggest pinch-myself moment because I’ve grown up watching it,” Hemsworth said.
Furiosa, which Miller has penned with Fury Road co-writer Nick Lathouris, is set to start filming in June and is currently scheduled for US release in June 2023.