In 2015 the Mad Max franchise had a surprising rebirth thanks to Mad Max: Fury On The Road – 97%, but far from being Tom Hardy (The Origin – 86%, The Night Knight Rises – 87%, Capone – 40%) The actor most celebrated for his leading role, who won praise and public attention was Charlize Theron (Monster: Serial Killer – 82%, Prometheus – 73%, Atomic – 76%) as Furiosa, the fearless warrior who escapes from the tyrannical Immortan Joe. After the surprising show that was Fury on the Road, a spinoff focused on Furiosa was announced, but five years later director George Miller (Mad Max – 91%, Babe, The Brave Little Pig – 97%, Happy Feet: The Penguin – 75%) confirms a fear of many fans, that Theron will not repeat his role.
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In a recent report by The New York Times the director said that after the drama ended Three Thousand Years of Longing, will begin work on the Furiosa spin-off, however both projects have been delayed by the global COVID-19 pandemic that paralyzed the film and television industries.
Miller and the co-writer of Mad Max: Fury on the Road They wrote extensive stories for each of the characters in the film, so there is a very clear idea of where Furiosa is heading: she will focus on her past when she lived in the “Green Place” with the female warriors Vuvalini and her subsequent departure. from that site to become the heroine of the 2015 film.
The Australian filmmaker, however, will look for a younger actress for the character who fell in love with everyone in the shoes of Charlize Theron, and if we should blame someone for it, it is The Irishman – 100%, film where the two leading actors were rejuvenated with computer generated effects (CGI) and the result was not realistic enough to convince George Miller, who for years had in mind to rejuvenate the actress from Mad Max: Fury on the Road:
For a long time, I thought we could use CGI rejuvenation on Charlize, but I don’t think we’re ready for that. Despite the valiant attempts of The Irishman, I believe there is still a haunting valley. Everyone is on the verge of solving it, particularly Japanese video game designers, but I think there is still a fairly broad valley.
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Other films where digital rejuvenation has been used with not-very-good results are Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – 30% and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 85%; cases where the result was excellent are Ant-Man: The Ant Man – 81%, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – 82% and Avengers: Endgame – 95%.
It is unfortunate that Miller has chosen to do without Theron, since she seems to be very happy with the character she played, as she let it be known on Twitter when publishing the following:
5 years ago, Mad Max: Fury Road was released. As you know, it was an intense and exhausting shoot, but OMG, it was worth it. I went back to the vault to find some of my favorite behind the scenes moments.
5 years ago, Mad Max: Fury Road was released. As you know by now, it was a grueling, intense shoot but my god was it all worth it. Went back into the vault to find some of my favorite moments behind the scenes #tbt pic.twitter.com/WVrdWktQzM
– Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) May 14, 2020
The only name that has come up to play Furiosa in the spin-off is Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch – 91%, Fragmented – 75%, The New Mutants), who is 24 years old and has shown that she has the talent and courage to venture into roles that demand a lot from her.
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Although it is too early to know who will try to fill Theron’s shoes, what we do know is that the scale will be even greater than that of Mad Max: Fury on the Road. In accordance with The New York Times, the production designer made 135 vehicles for the 2015 movie and we only saw 88 on screen; For the Furiosa spin-off there will be more vehicles.