Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II have all signed up to star in George Miller’s ‘Mad Max’ prequel ‘Furiosa’.
Based on Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa character from 2015’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, Taylor-Joy will play the title role, a younger version of Furiosa. Hemsworth and Abdul-Mateen’s characters, along with the story details are currently being kept top secret.
Miller will direct, co-write and produce the prequel along with his longtime producing partner Doug Mitchell. The film will be produced by Miller’s own Australian-based Kennedy Miller Mitchell banner, together with ‘Fury Road’ partner Warner Bros. Pictures.
Back in May, confirmation came from a New York Times interview with Miller who stated that they are on the look-out for an actress in her 20s to take on the role of a younger Furiosa, laying to rest any idea that Theron may go through the de-ageing process for the new movie. With the casting of Taylor-Joy as the young Furiosa, they decided against that idea.
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“For the longest time, I thought we could just use CG de-ageing on Charlize, but I don’t think we’re nearly there yet. Despite the valiant attempts on ‘The Irishman,’ I think there’s still an uncanny valley. Everyone is on the verge of solving it, particular Japanese video-game designers, but there’s still a pretty wide valley, I believe.”
Miller already has Furiosa’s backstory planned out from his time on ‘Fury Road’ which includes what her life was like in the idyllic ‘Green Place,’ why she was taken from the group of woman warriors the Vuvalini, and how she became the hardened warrior we meet by the time we meet her in ‘Fury Road’.