Charlize Theron pulled off an exceptional character portrayal of Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, so it’s understandable that the industry veteran has expressed her disappointment over being replaced in the upcoming prequel.
The film, which will see a younger Furiosa take centre stage, is set to pass over Theron for “an actress in her 20s” – a decision made by director George Miller that she respects. That doesn’t mean it’s an easy pill to swallow, however.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Theron gave an honest response to the change in casting, “It’s a tough one to swallow. Listen, I fully respect George, if not more so in the aftermath of making Fury Road with him. He’s a master, and I wish him nothing but the best.”
“Yeah, it’s a little heartbreaking, for sure. I really love that character [Furiosa], and I’m so grateful that I had a small part in creating her. She will forever be someone I think of and reflect on fondly,” she added.
Prior to the response, Miller considered the idea of using CG technology to de-age Theron, but ultimately scraped it in light of possible uncanny valley effects. The actress completely understands and accepts the latter’s viewpoint, despite her yearning to continue Furiosa’s story.
“Obviously, I would love to see that story continue, and if [Miller] feels like he has to go about it this way, then I trust him in that manner,” she said. “There’s something refreshing about it; the emotional impact of the story isn’t lost… We get so hung up on the smaller details that we forget the thing that we emotionally tap into has nothing to do with that minute thing that we’re focusing on.”
While the news is a bummer, it isn’t all pessimistic. Theron is still very much involved on the action front with an Atomic Blonde sequel in the works, as well as Netflix’s adaptation of comic series The Old Guard dropping in hot on 10 July.