It started out as an ordinary Friday at Man of Many until a sudden flurry of excitement swept through the office with repeated calls echoing, “The first Furiosa trailer just dropped! Furiosa trailer just dropped!!!” The collective reaction of our team spoke volumes about the anticipation swirling around the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel. And finally, fans of the iconic action franchise were treated to a glimpse of Anya Taylor-Joy as a younger version of Charlize Theron’s wasteland heroine, alongside Chris Hemsworth’s unrecognisable portrayal as the unhinged antagonist, Dementus.
Following the reveal at CCXP, Warner Bros. Pictures has officially premiered the teaser for George Miller’s Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, the upcoming prequel to 2015’s Fury Road. The film will detail Furiosa’s (Taylor-Joy) arduous journey home, after she was captured from the Green Place of Many Mothers and is held by the Biker Horde led by Warlord Dementus (Hemsworth).
The official logline spills additional plot details: “Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.”
George Miller climbs back into the director’s seat for the upcoming film, collaborating on the screenplay with Nico Lathouris. The pair aims to expand upon the rich universe of Mad Max, a cornerstone in the realm of post-apocalyptic franchises that emerged over three decades ago. Recognised for its breathtaking stunts and tangible effects, Fury Road‘s film style garnered acclaim upon its release and forced studios to reassess the predominant use of CGI within the action movie genre.
However, the visuals in the trailer raised concerns within online communities, with many viewers complaining about the absence of “practical elements”.
One Reddit user said: “I hate to say it, but that wasn’t a good trailer IMO. The CGI looked very, very rough”. Another commented: “Definitely looking a bit more CGI-reliant than Fury Road. COVID probably hit pre-production hard.”
One user wrote: “Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the hardest shoots in Hollywood history. It looks like George and WB went with a more traditional (and safer) way of making this film.” However, others pushed back against the criticism telling the haters to stop complaining and “let George Miler cook”.
In 2020, new details surfaced about Furiosa’s story, sparking differing reactions from the cast. Charlize Theron expressed deep sorrow over the decision to recast the character, describing it as “heartbreaking.” Conversely, Anya Taylor-Joy, who stepped into the role, conveyed her immense enthusiasm, sharing that she was eagerly embracing the character and had already started envisioning her portrayal. Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth is showcasing a departure from his usual roles and was described as playing “totally against type” as the main villain.
Fury Road actors Nathan Jones and Angus Sampson will reprise their roles of Rictus Erectus and The Organic Mechanic respectively. Various crew members from the 2015 hit will also return, including screenwriter Lathouris, film editor Margaret Sixel, costume designer Jenny Beavan, and composer Tom Holkenborg.
Production for the project occurred in late 2022 in New South Wales, Australia, marking the largest film production in the country’s history. A reported sum of USD$233 million was expended on the production within Australia.
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is scheduled to hit theatres on May 24 2024.
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