The long-gestating follow-up to 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (and before that, The Road Warrior/Mad Max 2 and Mad Max) is being directed by franchise honcho George Miller, but main character Max Rockatansky — the role that made Mel Gibson an international star — has been taken over by Tom Hardy, lately seen as Bane, the mush-mouthed villain of The Dark Knight Rises and in the current moonshine flick Lawless.
Here is what passes for a story synopsis of Fury Road:
“Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.”
The movie has been filming on location in Africa for just over a month, and also stars Charlize Theron (Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa — a role for which she apparently shaved her head — Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, X-Men: First Class) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (
Transformers: Dark of the Moon various Victoria’s Secret catalogs).
The rest of the cast and character names may give you some idea of the direction Miller’s movie is aiming for. I’m not ready to draw any conclusions based on some of the sillier names. (After all we shouldn’t judge Road Warrior by “Lord Humungous.”) Anyway, here is the list from the studio press release:
Hoult plays Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max) as Immortan Joe; Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) plays Toast, Riley Keough (Magic Mike) is Capable, and Huntington-Whiteley is Splendid, Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile. Josh Helman plays Slit, Jennifer Hagan is Miss Giddy and iOTA plays Coma-Doof Warrior.