Mad Max: Fury Road was a huge success when it came out in 2015. It not only did well at the box office, it got rave reviews from critics and audiences, some of whom called it one of the greatest action movies ever made. That left everyone primed for another one, but since it took franchise creator thirty-years to get that one made, everyone assumed it might be a long time before we got Mad Max 5. But it’s happening right now and they’re calling it Mad Max: The Wasteland.
The next Mad Max movie which will follow the character of Max will be Mad Max 5: The Wasteland. In addition to that sequel they’re aso working on another movie in the Mad Max universe. That movie is Mad Max: Furiosa and it’s going to be a prequel about Charlize Theron’s Furiosa character, not a sequel. It also won’t have Max in it. In the end it probably doesn’t matter who or what these action movie sequels are about. The real star of Fury Road was the incredible, eye-popping stunts. As long as Mad Max 5: The Wasteland and/or Furiosa has more of that, I don’t think it matters who acts in it.
The People Making Mad Max: The Wasteland
Mad Max 5: The Wasteland Planning
Mad Max 5: The Wasteland has been greenlit and GWW reports that director George Miller is set to start working on the new action movie this fall, after he finishes directing another movie called Three Thousand Years of Longing. George Miller directed all four previous Mad Max movies and even though he’s now 75-years-old he’s doing the fifth one too.
Even though Mad Max 5: The Wasteland is a prequel to Fury Road, it’s still possible we could get Mad Max: Fury Road 2. There’s been talk of making an entirely separate movie the follows the events of Fury Road. However, if that movie gets made it will be made after Mad Max 5: The Wasteland. Given how long it takes director George Miller to make these Mad Max movies (decades in some cases) I wouldn’t bet on him ever actually getting around to making Mad Max 5.
Planning A Furiosa Prequel
Because unlike Mad Max 5, Mad Max: Furiosa is a prequel, the part of Furiosa is being recast with a new actress. She was played by Charlize Theron in the first movie but since it’s a prequel they’ll need someone younger. Charlize Theron is now 44-years-old and she’s not happy at all about being replaced.
When THR how she feels about aging out of the Furiosa role Theron had this to say: “Yeah, it’s a little heartbreaking, for sure. I really love that character, and I’m so grateful that I had a small part in creating her. She will forever be someone that I think of, and reflect on fondly. Obviously, I would love to see that story continue, and if he feels like he has to go about it this way, then I trust him in that manner. We get so hung up on the smaller details that we forget the thing that we emotionally tap into has nothing to do with that minute thing that we’re focusing on.”
Recently names like Jodie Comer and Anya Taylor-Joy have been linked to the part of Furiosa in the prequel, but nothing is confirmed yet. 27-year-old Jodie is best known for her work on a British spy drama and 24-year-old Anya won acclaim in the 2015 period horror movie The Witch and more recently caught attention in the movie Glass.
In addition to casting a new Furiosa the movie is working on casting a male lead. This won’t be the Max character played by Tom Hardy, but rather a new male character. The Illuminerdi says Chris Hemsworth is currently the frontrunner for that part. Given the Australian filming location and past Australian casting for these movies, he’s a big name which makes sense.
What about Tom Hardy? He played the titular Mad Max in the first movie. But since it’s a prequel, like Charlize Theron he’s too old to be involved. Also, since Max didn’t meet Furiosa until the events of Mad Max: Fury Road, it’s unlikely we’ll see Max at all in Furiosa since it’s a prequel and likely at least partly about Furiosa’s origin story. The next time you’ll see Max is in Mad Max 5: The Wasteland and it’s not clear at this point which movie will come first.