It’ll be a while before we end up seeing the Mad Max: Fury Road spinoff/prequel begin production there are now some updates on the project.
While speaking with The New York Times, director George Miller confirmed the development of his Mad Max: Fury Road prequel film Furiosa and that Charlize Theron won’t be able to return to the role as he isn’t very confident in the digital de-aging process. This would explain the recasting rumblings over the last couple of months.
MILLER: “For the longest time, I thought we could just use CG de-aging on Charlize, but I don’t think we’re nearly there yet. Despite the valiant attempts on ‘The Irishman,’ I think there’s still an uncanny valley. Everyone is on the verge of solving it, particularly Japanese video-game designers, but there’s still a pretty wide valley, I believe.”
It was reported by Variety that British actress Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, The New Mutants, Last Night in Soho) had been one of the many actresses that were in the mix to play the younger version of Furiosa, potentially auditioning over Skype.
Two key production team members have been officially announced as well in the write-up.
Cinematographer John Seale confirmed in the interview that he is pulling himself out of “semi-retirement” for Furiosa. Also, production designer Colin Gibson is working on the prequel.
Miller also says that a production timetable is unknown for the foreseeable future as they haven’t finished shooting his current project, Three Thousand Years of Longing, and with the current pandemic delaying it’s filming unknown when they plan on shooting Furiosa.
MILLER: “So after we finish it, and hopefully everything settles down with the pandemic, we’ll see what the world allows us to do with Furiosa.”
A little more patience won’t hurt considering how long it took George to get Fury Road made. Are you excited to see Miller further explore his Mad Max universe?