2015 was the year we saw the return of George Miller and the Mad Max series, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in what has already become an action classic, Mad Max: Fury Road. The film obliterated everyone’s expectations and there had been talks of follow-ups before the film finished its opening weekend.
Turns out nothing has materialized but Charlize Theron, who is keeping very busy with her upcoming action film Atomic Blonde, is eager to step back into the boots of Furiosa and work with director George Miller once more.
According to an interview with Variety, Charlize Theron commented that she’d “love to do it.”
“There were three scripts. They were written as back stories to Max’s character and to Furiosa’s character. But at the end of the day, this thing lives and breathes with [director] George [Miller]. I think Warner Bros. knows that. We are all waiting for him to show us the way.”
Looks like even director George Miller is open to the idea as he recently spoke of his desire to make more Mad Max sequels, and the black & chrome edition of Fury Road also re-invigorated interest. “Her backstory is really interesting,” Miller told EW last year.
“We only allude to it in this movie because this movie is on the run; people don’t have much time for recreational talk. But you pick up, you have a sense of her having gone through stuff. That’s what the film is trying to do. You’re trying to put a lot of iceberg under the tip, I like saying.”
Theron also spoke of the evolution of Furiosa’s appearance and how it changed during filming of Mad Max: Fury Road;
“Originally, [George] liked this idea that even though they were in the desert, something happened and people actually turned albino, They became these white ghosts. I had this white hair, kind of like Abbey Lee [Kershaw’s] character. It was very much like that: blonde, bleached, very pale skin, no eyebrows. We played around with African war paint. It would have been a completely different film.”
Theron attributes the strong box office reception to Mad Max: Fury Road — which grossed $378.9 million worldwide and won six Oscars — for helping her to guide the development of Atomic Blonde. Hitting theaters on July 28th, Theron plays an ass-kicking British spy that battles Russian baddies in 1989 Berlin.
Mad Max: Fury Road also starred Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, X-Men: Days Of Future Past), Hugh Keays-Byrne (also the main baddie, the Toe Cutter in Mad Max), Nathan Jones (Conan The Barbarian, Troy), Zoe Kravitz (Divergent, X-Men: First Class), Riley Keough (Logan Lucky, Magic Mike) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon).
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