MadMax is a film that left the jaws on the floor, audiences and critics alike. The Tom Hardy starrer feature directed by George Miller didn’t shy away in winning hearts. But alas for the MadMax cult, The release date for the sequel has been delayed by another long year. But it comes with a band-aid of good stuff too…
Good News Bad News
The upcoming Mad Mad: Fury Road prequel, centred on the character Furiosa, has been pushed back to 2024. The film will now be released on May 24, 2024, during Memorial Day weekend. For Mad Max aficionados, this is both good and bad news. They’re bad because they’re moving, but they’re fantastic because George Miller has found his Furiosa in Anya Taylor-Joy. Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will also appear in the film.
Furiosa finally has a Face
Miller tells Edgar Wright in the latest issue of Empire magazine that he introduced him to Anya Taylor-Joy. “I’d heard of Anya, but I’d never seen her in a movie until I saw her in Soho,” Miller told Wright. “I recall thinking to myself, ‘Gee, she’s intriguing.'” I started to say to you, ‘I’m searching for someone to cast as Furiosa,’ and you cut me off before I could finish the sentence, ‘Don’t go any further, she’s amazing, she’s going to be enormous.’ She’s a joy to work with.’ You were very adamant about it.”
Joy for Joy’
“I said to her, ‘I’d like you to perform a very easy test, which is read something to camera,'” Miller said of the casting process for Taylor Joy. And that was the Network speech. The infamous ‘I’m furious as hell’ speech. Aside from the writing’s brilliance, it’s a work that can be performed in front of the camera. It does not require an acting partner. Anya performed one version, which was excellent. Then I simply gave her a couple of simple remarks about intention, and she completely nailed it. I believe it was created using an iPhone. I forwarded it to the studio. I stated why I believed she was the perfect person for the job. I replied I’d be delighted to talk about it, but it was so convincing that we didn’t need to.”