If you’re like most people and thought that the best thing about Mad Max: Fury Road was Charlize Theron’s Furiosa, then you’re in luck, because a Furiosa prequel is officially slated to be the next installment in the franchise. Director George Miller recently shared some new details about the upcoming film, and it sounds like the movie will be even crazier and more shocking than its predecessor.
The film will star a new actor as a younger version of Furiosa, and she’ll have some big shoes to fill as Theron’s performance in the 2015 film is already considered iconic. But as Miller explained in a new interview with the New York Times, he had a good reason for replacing his star. “For the longest time, I thought we could just use CG de-aging on Charlize, but I don’t think we’re nearly there yet,” Miller said. “Despite the valiant attempts on The Irishman, I think there’s still an uncanny valley. Everyone is on the verge of solving it, particularly Japanese video-game designers, but there’s still a pretty wide valley, I believe.” Some names that have been floated for the role include Anya Taylor-Joy and Jodie Comer, but no one has been cast as of yet.
Another new tidbit we gleaned about the film from the interview came from production designer Colin Gibson. Gibson also worked on Fury Road and was responsible for producing the film’s insane collection of vehicles that helped make it one of the most impressive action movies ever made. According to Gibson, the Furiosa movie’s vehicle collection is going to be even bigger and more ridiculous than the one in Fury Road. “The next possible iteration, which is on the table, has even more [vehicles],” Gibson said.
There’s obviously still a lot that’s unknown about the Furiosa movie — like who will be playing the titular character — but it definitely sounds like the film won’t be skimping on the action or the spectacle when compared to Fury Road. And considering that Fury Road is one of the biggest action-spectaculars ever made, that’s really saying something.