The Mad Max spin-off/prequel film, Furiosa, is assembling quite the cast. Headlining the film is The Queen’s Gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy, in the title role playing a younger version of the character originally played by Charlize Theron in Mad Max Fury Road, Furiosa. Joining her will be Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and now Thor’s Chris Hemsworth.
Hemsworth is no slouch when it comes to starring in big blockbuster event films but for Taylor-Joy this will be her biggest film starring role in her career up to this point. The actress had this to say about the role:
“I was amazed by this incredible mind of George Miller. It’s difficult to put into words. I feel so humbled and grateful. I think the first thing I thought was ‘I am so excited to work so hard.’ The level of commitment that has been shown by those who came before me, I endeavor to match that. That makes me really excited. I have so much respect for the originators of this crazy world and this collection of characters. I am excited to work really hard.”
Director George Miller has been planning Furiosa before Mad Max: Fury Road even hit theaters. The story will follow Furiosa as a teenager into her early twenties. And it’s possible that the origin of her metal arm will be revealed. The story doesn’t take place over a couple of days, as Fury Road did, but will instead be an epic that sweeps through many years in the Mad Max timeline. Chris Hemsworth is not replacing Tom Hardy as Mad Max. It is expected that he will play an original character not yet introduced in the past four movies.
Hemsworth character hasn’t been revealed at this time. But he appears to be just as excited for Mad Max: Furiosa as his young co-star. The Thor actor celebrated the big production launch news on social media, and expressed his eagerness to start filming. He says this about the impending shoot, which he has a year to get ready for, with the movie scheduled to hit theaters in 2023.
“Great press conference discussing mad max Furiosa. Huge thanks to George Miller and Doug Mitchell for the opportunity and state and federal government for all their support and making it possible to shoot here in NSW Australia. Can’t wait to kick it off. Gonna pour my heart, soul, blood sweat and tears into this one!!