New Mad Max Prequel Is About Furiosa, But Charlize Theron Isn’t In It

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a follow-up to the blood-curdling, adrenaline-pumping hit that is Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller’s take on the post-apocalyptic epic was a scintillating one, especially with Charlize Theron in the lead role of Imperator Furiosa.

But imagine a new Mad Max film without Theron in it. Would you watch it? Maybe, but it probably won’t be the same. As it turns out, Miller himself revealed that the Australian actress won’t be in his plans for a new film in the series.

Speaking to The New York Times, Miller confirmed that a prequel film is being made, which will focus on a younger Furiosa. He described that he is currently in the search for “an actress in her 20s” to take over Theron’s role.

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With Theron being 44 this year, and with the limitations of de-aging technology that still elude the movie industry, it might have been challenging for her to reprise the role in the capacity that Miller had envisioned.

“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,” said Miller. “Despite the valiant attempts on [Martin Scorsese’s] 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.”

Miller has yet to divulge on who exactly he and his team have considered for the role of the younger Furiosa, nor if any of Theron’s former colleagues in Tom Hardy and Nicholas Hoult will reprise their roles in the new movie. But we can expect Warner Bros. to reveal more in the coming months, especially after the current global situation has abated.

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As for Theron, she is still keeping herself busy with her Atomic Blonde sequel, among other things.

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