Because you can’t work on a project like Mad Max: Fury Road for going on two months and have no new details released about it, we get some new information as to what the movie’s about, and who all is in it, courtesy of Kennedy Miller Mitchell productions (via Bleeding Cool).
Let’s dig into the press release:
Mad Max: Fury Road—the fourth in the franchise’s history—stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Oscar® winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”, “Prometheus”) as Imperator Furiosa.
Try saying “Imperator Furiosa” thee times fast. As Bleeding Cool points out, the term Imperator began in Ancient Rome as an honorary type title for a military commander. It’s also the Latin root word for Emperor. So it seems that no matter which way you cut, Charlize Theron is in charge. Let’s continue:
According to Miller, “Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.
“War Rig?” “Road War?” “Word Burgers?” I like how the press release drops some of these terms like we’re supposed to be acquainted with what they mean already. Oh well, who else is in this sucker:
Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max, Sleeping Beauty) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian) as Rictus Erectus…Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior…
The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard, Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.
Keays-Byrne played Toecutter in the first Mad Max by the way. I wonder if there’s any connection?
Miller is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produces the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar® nominee Doug Mitchell (“Babe”, “Happy Feet”), and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.
There was another bit I found interesting from the press release. Fury Road is currently shooting in Africa, not Australia, and there’s a perfectly legitimate, almost unbelievable explanation as to why they had to relocate:
Shooting on Mad Max: Fury Road is taking place in Africa with the support of the Australian government. Originally slated to be shot in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, the production was forced to relocate due to severe flooding, rendering the Australian landscape unsuitable for the film. The rain turned the area into an oasis instead of the post-apocalyptic terrain that is the setting for Max’s world.
Perhaps marking the first time in history that production on a post-apocalyptic film has been thwarted by an improvement to the local environment.
There’s no release date yet for Fury Road, but obviously we’ll keep you in the loop and when we know you’ll know.