‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ Reveals This Heroine’s Past

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We are still in an era of prequels, a quarter-century after George Lucas gave us three very unappetizing exercises in CGI-everything that have aged quite embarrassingly. Everything that is not a prequel these days is a sequel or a reboot of something, warranted or not, and is usually part of the Marvel Industrial Complex.

But nine years after the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, which landed no fewer than 10 Oscar nominations, a prequel to that film will explore a character who easily upstaged Tom Hardy's Max Rockatansky in the franchise's last outing, with George Miller returning to direct.

The first trailer for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, has just been revealed, and it will give fans of vehicular mayhem a look at the origins of Imperator Furiosa, who in the 2015 film was played by Charlize Theron.

Anya Taylor-Joy will portray a younger Furiosa this time around, while Chris Hemsworth, taking a break from long-haired Thor makeup, will play the villain Dementus, whose vehicle of choice is a Roman chariot pulled by motorcycles.

But Mad Max himself may not be in the film at all.

"As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus," the film's official synopsis reveals. "Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home."

If the trailer is any indication, the new film may seek to top Fury Road's body count—a tall order by any estimate—while inventing new ways to wrap someone around the driveshaft of a semi truck. Just like in Fury Road, the Australian Outback will serve as the set, with plenty of practical effects designed to give the film a lived-in, realistic look that somehow becomes more plausible with each passing year.

The Furiosa prequel project itself has actually been in the works for some time, with Miller originally intending to use Theron with some CGI de-aging. But having seen the limits of this technology as it exists today—which might not stand up to scrutiny over a two-hour runtime—Miller opted to recast the character with Taylor-Joy, whose breakout role was in the 2015 horror film The Witch.

Taylor-Joy has done plenty of television work as well, including two seasons of the British crime drama Peaky Blinders, though to American audiences she will perhaps be best known for her role as Beth Harmon in The Queen's Gambit, released in 2020.

The film will open on May 24, 2024, which promises to be a lovely day.