There have been rumblings for a while via Collider and Daniel Richtman concerning George Miller’s follow-up to his post-apocalyptic opus Max Mad: Fury Road would be a prequel focusing on Charlize Theron’s Furiosa, but would instead recast the role with a younger actress. 

While actress Jodie Cormer (The Last Duel, Free Guy, Killing Eve) was said to be in the mix to play the young version of Furiosa, new information from Variety reveals that Anya Taylor-Joy is the latest name to be connected to the project and has reportedly auditioned for director George Miller via Skype. 

Director George Miller, for instance, has been meeting with names including Anya Taylor-Joy for his “Furiousa” spin-off, which he hopes to start shooting in 2021. Of course, Miller is making concessions to coronavirus — those auditions have taken place via Skype.

Anya is known for roles in The Witch, X-Men spinoff The New Mutants, Edgar Wright’s horror film Last Night In Soho, and was about to begin shooting Robert Eggers’ Viking thriller The Northman in Belfast, Northern Ireland before production was placed on pause.

Other actors previous mentioned for roles include Richard Madden (Eternals, Game of Thrones) for the part of Dementus and Yayah Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Matrix 4, Aquaman, Candyman) for another disclosed part. 

Productions in Australia are seemingly on hiatus and Miller’s lead actor for Three Thousand Years of Longing, Idris Elba, tested positive for COVID-19 and there hasn’t been news when production on that film will resume. 

There still seems to be an expectation that Three Thousand Years of Longing would still be the priority and filming on this Furiosa prequel starting up in 2021 might be wishful thinking given those production delays. 

Warner Bros. has yet to officially announce plans to make the film. 

SOURCE: VARIETY 

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