It may seem ridiculous to get this excited about a movie that still doesn’t come out until May 15, 2015, but Mad Max: Fury Road has been one of our most anticipated movies for a couple years now. George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic wastes he first visited in 1979 has been delayed time and time again, but the promotional push has begun in earnest, including this badass new photo of vehicles of Fury Road.
For fans of the franchise it’s going to be damn near impossible to look at this image and not start to get at least a little bit giddy. A swarm of post-apocalyptic battlewagons bearing down on you across the arid, desert is a sight for sore eyes, and exactly what we want to see out of a Mad Max movie. Every time I look at this I squeal a little bit.
The fourth movie in the franchise sees Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) take over the reins of the iconic Max Rockatansky role that originally launched Mel Gibson to international superstar status. He is, of course, a badass who doesn’t talk much after losing his wife and child, but he does have crazy skills behind the wheel of his supped up ride. Set in a world where society has crumbled and resources are scarce, everyone takes to the wrecked up highways to fight to the death for every last scrap. According to the official synopsis: “Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order…”
The first of these rebels is Max, that much should be pretty obvious, but the other key player is Furiosa, played by Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron (Prometheus), who shaved her head and got all kinds of grubby for the role. Like Max, she is all about that action, and “believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.”
This kicks off a massive cross-country trek, which, according to the people who saw the film when it screened a while back, takes up the bulk of the movie. It has been described as one continuous chase scene, as Nux (Nicholas Hoult) and Rictus Erectus (Nathan Jones) pursue the heroes. Again, this is absolutely fine in our books. Much has been made of the massive number of cars that Miller and company destroyed during production, the practical nature of the bulk of the special effects, and the big scale action pieces, which, again, is exactly what we want to hear.
Since it’s never too early to start pumping a movie, Fury Road got an awesome EW spread that gave us our best look yet at the characters. And later this month at San Diego Comic-Con Warner Bros. has big plans for the film. Miller himself will be on hand to unveil the first footage to the public on July 26.