George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road has been a long time coming. Thankfully, floods, delays, shifting locations, budget overruns, and studio interference couldn’t derail production, which finally wrapped principal photography back in December. Many of us have been eagerly awaiting this since Miller’s last post-apocalyptic turn, 1985’s Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. While we still have quite a while to wait for Fury Road—it probably won’t drop until 2014—you can witness some of the badass, post-apocalyptic battlewagons in action below.
Watching these custom-made vehicles tearing around the deserts of Namibia is enough to get fans of the original film drooling. We’ve seen pictures of many of these contraptions, but this is the first glimpse of them doing what they do best. With so many action films opting for digital special effects, it’s nice to see movies like Fury Road taking the physical, practical route.
In Fury Road, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) takes over the iconic role of former Australian cop Max Rockatansky, a character originally made famous by Mel Gibson. He’ll face off against Imperator Furiosa, played by Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron (Prometheus).
Here’s what Miller has to say about the plot 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’s music to a Mad Max fans ears. Hopefully we’ll see Fury Road sooner rather than later, and get a feel for how Hardy fills Gibson’s big leather boots. He certainly looks the part. Can’t wait to see this one.