New Mutants star, Anya Taylor-Joy is joining the Mad Max franchise as a younger Furiosa in a prequel spin-off film. The long-awaited George Miller film, which was written before Fury Road finished filming, tells the backstory of Charlize Theron’s character.
In details revealed to Deadline, Furiosa is in advanced development with Warner Bros and will also star Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, with Miller directing, co-writing (with Nico Lathouris) and producing under the banner of his Australian-based company Kennedy Miller Mitchell. Doug Mitchell will return to co-produce.
Furiosa’s was one of many character backstories developed during the 15-year making of Fury Road, Miller revealed to the New York Times in May. In fact, a second screenplay about her life had already been written before Fury Road began shooting. “It was purely a way of helping Charlize and explaining it to ourselves,” he said.
Miller first alluded to the prospect of an Imperator Furiosa film in January 2016, telling Entertainment Weekly: “She’s a pretty compelling character, so it’d be great to tell her story … Her backstory is pretty interesting; we only allude to it in this movie.” But Mad Max sequels have been held up, after Miller’s production company sued Warner Bros for unpaid earnings from Fury Road.
Although it was controversial among the men’s rights activist groups who derided the decision to have a female-led Mad Max film, Fury Road won six Oscars, netted US$375.2m at the global box office, and was praised by feminist critics for its dystopian depiction of the effects of male patriarchy.
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