Finally it's begun!
Chris Hemsworth is back at it. The actor has been incredibly busy as of late and has returned to the studio teasing fans with a new installment in a favorite franchise. Yesterday, the actor took to his Twitter account to fill followers in on a little thing called the first day of filming for his new project, Furiosa. The film will act as a prequel to 2015’s summer blockbuster hit Mad Max: Fury Road and is eyeing a release sometime in May 2024. Woah. That’s a long time off! Initially, production was hoping to get the film out in June 2023, but as with seemingly every other movie we’ve been waiting for, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans and caused extreme delays.
The good news is filming is underway and we need to start somewhere! The picture Chris Hemsworth chose to share with fans is a slate, notating the film’s title and director, George Miller. George Miller has long been at the helm of the Mad Max franchise, having carefully pored over each one himself. He also has another action filled spectacle of a movie coming out soon, Three Thousand Years of Longing which looks like a trip and a half. That one will be led by Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba. But, back to that Furiosa slate! In typical Mad Max fashion, the clapper has been propped up on some loose dirt and cloudy sky, giving the perfect combination of the elements to begin filming. You can see the image below.
While much has yet to be revealed surrounding the plot and call sheet of Furiosa, we do know that along with Chris Hemsworth, Anya Taylor-Joy will lead the cast as the younger version of Furiosa with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Tom Burke taking on undisclosed roles. To catch you up, Mad Max: Fury Road saw Charlize Theron starring as Furiosa. At the very beginning of the film, the character was introduced as a trusted lieutenant to the film’s antagonist. We meet her as she’s presumably looking to bring gasoline back to the Citadel, but her true goal is to run a getaway car (if that’s what you would call it) for five of Immortan Joe’s wives, hoping to break them and herself free from the confining walls of their patriarchal prison. It’s out in the wastelands of the Mad Max universe where Furiosa comes face-to-face with a butt kicking group of women called the Vuvalini. Here, the tough-as-nails Furiosa learns of her true heritage – a Vuvalini who was kidnapped as a child. Seeking revenge and claim over the Citadel, Furiosa, the women, and Max (Tom Hardy) set course for a dangerous and deadly journey.
In the prequel, we’ll see the background story of Furiosa and we presume, how she came to be the bomb fighter that she is. And, that’s about it as far as what we know of the plot. We know we can expect to see Chris Hemsworth and the other leading men take on roles, but what those roles are remains to be seen. We also know that the gang’s all back for Furiosa with George Miller bringing back makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt, production designer Colin Gibson, and editor Margaret Sixel. With the feature being co-penned by Miller and Nico Lathouris, along with a knockout cast and crew, we can’t wait to see more Furiosa news coming out in the approaching days.