The long-awaited and highly-anticipated Furiosa trailer finally dropped today, and so did our jaws. The Mad Max: Fury Road spinoff will serve as a prequel to the 2015 marauding masterpiece, and mark the fifth film in the Mad Max Franchise.
If you thought that Fury Road was the high-water mark of the franchise, then we suggest you strap in because the 186-second trailer has enough shock-cut action sequences to make you salivate out of both sides of the mouth while revving up your War Rig before heading to the wasteland.
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga takes place 45 years after society collapses when a young Furiosa is taken away from her family. The titular character, portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy, will embark on her lifelong journey to find a home as she navigates through the desolate wasteland that we’ve seen over the decades in the George Miller-created franchise.
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga takes place 45 years after society collapses
Like its 2015 counterpart, Furiosa pulls no stops and will thrust us into a world rife with violent warlords, souped-up nitro-trucks, and sound systems that are disproportionately advanced, but too cool for us to hold under scrutiny.
Though the Furiosa trailer is cut in a way that doesn’t reveal too much of the story, we can reasonably expect an onslaught of chase sequences, expertly placed explosions, and a jaw-clenching race against time to find the ever-elusive Green Place of Many Mothers.
If that’s not epic enough, fans of Fury Road will be pleased to know that several crew members returned to help Miller’s vision be fully realized, including film editor Margaret Sixel, costume designer Jenny Beavan, and Composer Tom Holkenborg.
In other words, even though Furiosa will take us into new and exciting territory on an earlier timeline, it will be a worthy addition to the franchise, stylistically and thematically speaking.
Furiosa will take us into new and exciting territory on an earlier timeline
But what we’re most curious about is Furiosa’s mechanical arm, which she had in Fury Road, but doesn’t seem to have throughout the entirety of Furiosa. Since the prequel will serve as an origin story, we’ll be clued into how Furiosa becomes the hardened warrior who was portrayed by Charlize Theron in Fury Road. And we know that she’s a woman on a mission because nobody paints their face black with war paint for the fun of it.
In addition to Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth will portray the primary antagonist, Warlord Dementus. Though Hemsworth is most well-known for his portrayal of Marvel’s Thor, he has played conflicted characters that struggle with morality in the past like Tyler Rake from the Extraction films.
Christ Hemsworth joins Anya Taylor-Joy in Furiosa
But in Furiosa, he will be a total force of evil who has also been hardened by the kill-or-be-killed environment in which he was raised, making him more menacing than ever.
Needless to say, we’re both curious and excited about witnessing Hemsworth take on a much darker role in Furiosa.
Furiosa was shot in Australia between June 1 2022 and October 28 2022, and is slated for a May 23 2024 release. While that seems like a long time to wait, now is as good a time as ever to burn your way through the entire Mad Max franchise to get yourself primed for what’s to come.