George Miller‘s long-awaited fourth installment in the franchise that essentially birthed the post-apocalyptic subgenre is looking good: In the hot, dusty, lawless, sadomasochistic way moviegoers of the 1980s came to know and love (including myself).
Mad Max: Fury Road seems to be a semi-reboot taking place after the events of the original Mad Max–meaning it is intended to either precede or replace The Road Warrior. Like that film, it’s low on dialogue. Miller reportedly relied more on storyboards than on screenplay in composing the film, but given that he’s had the better part of 30 years to get the 4th Mad Max film right, I’m fairly optimistic for Fury Road. Follow the jump for cast details, new images, and the release date:
Mel Gibson has (thankfully) been replaced by Tom Hardy of The Dark Knight Rises as “Mad” Max Rockatansky. Not that I wanna jump on the “Mel Gibson Is An Obnoxious Nazi” bandwagon, but it’s been 3 decades since he last played the role–dude is just too damn old.
He will be joined by Charlize Theron in the supporting role of Imperator Furiosa. If you’re wondering if this means Theron will be playing the ubiquitous scantily clad human prop such movies are known for, let’s hear what she had to say to Screen Rant on that subject:
I was like, ‘Uh, I’m not going to play the fucking girl for ‘Mad Max.’’ Then I read it and I was like, ‘Oh, ‘Mad Max.’ I feel sorry for you.’ (Laughs)
Worry not: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley of Transformers: Dark of The Moon “fame” will apparently be providing the post-apocalyptic eye candy.
Hardy and Theron will be joined on screen by Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played the iconic villain Toecutter in the first Mad Max film. Byrne will also play the antagonist in this film–a character called “Immortan Joe” (I checked IMDB: That is NOT a typo, the dude’s name is “Immortan”)
The main cast is rounded out by Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz and Josh Helman (who recently appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past as a young William Stryker). I’m just disappointed we won’t be getting a visit from Bruce Spence–who played the Gyro Pilot in The Road Warrior, and Jedediah in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
The following images were first published in Entertainment Weekly‘s Comic-Con 2014 issue:
Source: Screen Rant