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 Max: Fury 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 (Split, Glass) 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 Max: Fury 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.
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