Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Leaves ‘Mad Max’ Spinoff ‘Furiosa’

by Thomas Tuna

The Candyman star won’t be going down that mad road with Furiosa.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II–who headlined the recent Candyman “spiritual sequel”–has pulled out of the Furiosa feature, according to a report on Deadline, due to scheduling conflicts. Sources said the actor is involved in a project he has been developing for some time, and production on it recently was moved up.

Tom Burke–who played Orson Welles in Netflix’s Mank–will replace Abdul-Mateen II in Furiosa, a spinoff of 2015’s wildly successful Mad MaxFury Road. The film will detail the origins of Furiosa–played by Charlize Theron in Fury Road–in the years before she teamed up with Max Rockatansky.

Burke will join Anya Taylor-Joy (SplitGlass) in the titular role and Chris Hemsworth (the Thor and Avengers franchises). Hemsworth’s role is reported to be a character called Dementus, described as having “an angel’s face scarred by a deep forehead wound stitched together with chrome staples.”

Furiosa–directed by George Miller from a screenplay he wrote with Nico Lathouris–has been confirmed for a June 23, 2023 theatrical release.

Mad MaxFury Road–directed by Miller from a screenplay he wrote with Lathouris and Brendan McCarthy–was a critical success, earning 10 Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), but underperformed at the box office, grossing $375 million worldwide on a budget of $185 million.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Furiosa.


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