We may be more than five months away from Mad Max: Fury Road, but we can’t get enough of George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic wastes he first visited with Mel Gibson back in 1979. And now, to brighten up your day, here is a collection of new photos from the film, and they look as badass and insane as we could possibly hope for.
These popped up on Reddit, though they look like they come from a magazine (perhaps that issue of Empire that we saw the Fury Road-themed cover for a while back, but we can’t be sure). It’s not as much where they come from that concerns us as what they show, and they show plenty.
The fourth film in the Mad Max/Road Warrior franchise, Fury Road takes place in a desolate desert landscape where gangs of outlaws, lone wolf survivors, and groups of civilians fight and scrape just to survive. Max (Tom Hardy, stepping into the role that helped make Gibson a global superstar) is a solo, near silent man of action who roams the wastes after the death of his wife and child. He crosses paths with Furiosa (Charlize Theron, looking totally badass with a shaved head and one arm), the leader of a band of people who thinks that they may be able to survive if they can make it back to her childhood home. The problem is, this place lies across the desert and they’re on the run from a vicious warlord and his minions.
One thing they definitely did with Fury Road is amp up the production detail side of things. The previous three movies all have a very lived in, cobbled together feel, and come across as a realistic mish mash of cars and clothes that people would stitch together with pieces and remnants that they happened across. Fury Road takes things to a whole other level.
Just look at this picture of the villain Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne, who plays the Toecutter in the first film by the way) and his cronies, including the massive hulk that is Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian). Everyone is fully decked out in intricate costumes, gadgets, and baubles, and while they may look completely awesome, you have to wonder about the practicality and usefulness of some of this.
A few people have already seen a rough cut of the film, and we’ve heard that Fury Road is essentially one long chase scene where they wreck hundreds and hundreds of cars, which sounds just about perfect to us. This has been in can long enough that we put it on our most-anticipated movies list for 2013, and after production delays, reshoots, ands acts of a vengeful deity of some kind, it’s finally going to happen. The trailer looks absolutely insane, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Mad Max: Fury Road also stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Helman, Jennifer Hagan, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and Courtney Eaton, and opens everywhere May 15, 2015.