SDCC 2014: Mad Max: Fury Road Footage Released Online

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The Comic-Con trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road shown during the Warner Bros. panel has been released, and it kicks some serious apocalyptic ass.

Yesterday, the attendees of Hall H were privy to the first sizzle reel for George Miller’s reboot of the Mad Max franchise. The footage blew everyone away and it quickly became a highlight of Saturday’s panels. Many took to social media, teasing us with tweets, grainy photos, and descriptions. That footage, which is more like a trailer, has now been released online by Warner Bros. and you can check it out for yourself:

After seeing the footage, I can’t stress enough how much this film demands to be seen on the largest screen possible. Miller intends to release the film in IMAX 3D, and that would be the most ideal way to be completely enveloped by this world Miller and his team have created. This promises to be a violent epic of simplistic grandeur and mythic style. Tom Hardy’s Max reportedly only has 16 lines in the entire film, which gives you an idea of how much Miller is inspired by the Westerns of Sergio Leone, John Ford, and Clint Eastwood. Four character posters for the film were also unveiled yesterday, and use a stylized illustrative design to capture the mythic aspects Miller has adopted for his Mad Max series.

The Road Warrior is most often associated with the birth of the modern action film. Miller stripped down his narrative to the bare-essentials, creating action set-pieces that followed such strong structure and rhythm they are still text-book examples of filmmaking. Now 35 years since he started Max’s saga, Miller is back; looking bigger, badder, and better than ever.

A new synopsis was also released:

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

“Mad Max: Fury Road”—the fourth in the franchise’s history—stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “Prometheus”) as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max”, “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz (“Divergent”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making heir big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior. The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard and Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.

Look for Mad Max: Fury Road to hit theaters in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D (that’s the one) on May 15th, 2015.

Images: Warner Bros.

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