Filmmaker George Miller took his sweet time–a full five years–developing a spinoff of his Oscar-winning Mad Max: Fury Road, a movie starring the Furiosa character, but he’s doing it now in a big way. With a big cast.
Warner Bros. Pictures is said to be in advanced development of Furiosa, according to Deadline, a film that will tell the backstory of the renegade who was a powerful ally of Max Rockatansky during his desert adventures.
Academy Award winner Charlize Theron memorably portrayed Furiosa in 2015’s Fury Road, and Anya Taylor-Joy–a veteran of such genre films as Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Glass–will take up the mantle in the spinoff. The movie, as explained, will concentrate on Furiosa’s origin story, sometime before she met up with Max in Fury Road.
Two other big-name stars will join Taylor-Joy in the spinoff. Chris Hemsworth (famed for his portrayal of Thor in Marvel’s standalone and Avengers films) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (who played the villainous Black Manta in the blockbuster Aquaman and will star in next year’s Candyman reboot) will round out the Furiosa cast.
Miller will direct, co-write (with Nico Lathouris), and co-produce (with Doug Mitchell), working with production designer Colin Gibson, editor Margaret Sixel, sound mixer Ben Osmo and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt.
Mad Max: Fury Road–directed and co-written by Miller (with Lathouris and Brendan McCarthy)–starred Theron, Tom Hardy and Hugh Keays-Byrne. This fourth film in the Mad Max universe is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where fuel and water are scarce. In this desolation, Max joins forces with Imperator Furiosa to flee from cult leader Immortan Joe and his army–cue the incredible chase scenes!
The movie–which garnered 10 Oscar nominations and took home six statuettes–received good reviews and grossed $375 million worldwide on a budget of approximately $185 million.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on casting and production schedules for Furiosa.