Mad Max: Fury Road may not roar into theaters until May 15, 2015, but that’s certainly not going to stop any of us from salivating over the possibilities of George Miller’s long awaited return to the post-apocalyptic wastes. Bane himself, Tom Hardy is set to fill the Max Rockatansky role, the very one that helped catapult Mel Gibson to international superstardom. There isn’t much known about the film at this point, but we do have this new photo of Hardy doing his level best to look like he’s been driving cars really fast through the end of the world.
We’ve had one previous glimpse at Max, and this latest one shows more of the same. His clothes are suitably haggard looking to sell the fact that he’s been roaming the desert in his supped-up muscle car. That is some serious hand stitching on his rough leather outfit, you know he did that himself. He even has Max’s clunky, creaky knee brace. Now if only we could catch a peek at Dog. Still, all in all, he looks like a total badass, and isn’t that what we all really want out of our post-apocalyptic Mad Max movies?
Recently Fury Road returned to the set to complete some significant reshoots. In many cases, this is bad news, but in this situation it sounds like only good will come from this. Word on the street is that the purpose of the additional shooting time was to take one particular action sequence and pump it up to super awesome status. Reportedly the scene involves a vehicle elevator and is already pretty sweet, but whatever the studio saw in the raw footage made them want more, which sounds like a positive thing from where we sit.
Here’s the official synopsis of Fury Road:
Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.
That also sounds appropriately grim and gritty to serve as the plot for a Mad Max movie. In addition to that, there are tons of characters with ridiculous names. How can you go wrong monikers like Slit (Jash Hellman), Miss Giddy (Jennifer Hagan), and, my personal favorite, The Dag (Abbey Lee Kershaw). Coma-Doof Warrior (iOTA) is a pretty solid name as well, so we have that to look forward to.
Beyond these folks, the cast features Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, Riley Keogh as Capable, Zoe Kravitz as Toast, Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus, and Hugh Keays-Byrn, the Toecutter from the original Mad Max, as Immortan Joe.