Seven years after the release of the last Mad Max Movie, Fury Road, production has officially begun on the fifth movie in the franchise that originated back in 1979.
“A new journey in the Mad Max saga begins,” Chris Hemsworth tweeted earlier this week. His tweet showed off a clapperboard with the name and logo of the next Mad Max film, Furiosa.
Along with Hemsworth, the movie will star Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa herself, before becoming one of Immortan Joe’s Imperators. The film will also star Tom Burke, Angus Sampson, and Nathan Jones returning to his role as Rictus Erectus.
While an official plot has not been released for Furiosa, we do know that Taylor-Joy will play the title role as popularized by Charlize Theron in 2015’s Fury Road.
— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) June 1, 2022
Theron had originally shared her heartbreak over the recast decision, but says she trusts writer, director, and producer George Miller’s vision. “Yeah, it’s a little heartbreaking, for sure,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I really love that character, and I’m so grateful that I had a small part in creating her. She will forever be someone I think of and reflect on fondly. Obviously, I would love to see that story continue, and if he feels like he has to go about it this way, then I trust him in that manner. We get so hung up on the smaller details that we forget the thing that we emotionally tap into has nothing to do with that minute thing that we’re focusing on.”
Back in December of 2020, Warner bros. announced an unexpected release date of June 23, 2023, but now that we’re only a year away from that and filming just began, we’re not sure if that date holds water. [Update: The new release date is scheduled to be May 24, 2024.]
But one thing is for sure: we should be getting on-set photos soon, and I think it’s safe to say that we’re all excited to see what Miller and team come up with for this one.