Photo: ‘Furiosa’/Warner Bros. Pictures
George Miller, director of the ‘Mad Max‘ franchises, is set to direct, co-write and produce ‘Furiosa,’ a showcase of Imperator Furiosa’s past, the prequel to ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ The storyline of the expected film has yet to be finalized, but the film focuses on the origin story of the war captain, Furiosa. I can expect we will come across why and how Imperator Furiosa lost her arm, the creation of her personality traits, The Green Place before it was destroyed, why she is deemed so highly valuable to the entire community, and Immortan Joe, and much much more.
Before casting, there was the consideration of using de-aging technology to transform Charlize Theron to portray the younger version of her character, Imperator Furiosa. Similar to the de-aging technology used for Robert De Niro (‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Taxi Driver’), Al Pacino (‘The Godfather,’ ‘Serpico’), Joe Pesci (‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Raging Bull’) and a few other older cast members in the Martin Scorsese Oscar-nominated film ‘The Irishman.’ After sitting on the consideration, George Miller decided against it and cast Anya Taylor-Joy to portray a younger Imperator Furiosa. It has also been announced that Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will star alongside Anya Taylor-Joy, but their roles have yet to be announced. Imperator Furiosa is a strong-willed, female action hero who requires the same strength to portray correctly. I am incredibly excited for the choice of Taylor-Joy as the role of Imperator Furiosa due to the power she has in front of the camera.
The New Face of Imperator Furiosa
New to the world of acting, Anya Taylor-Joy has a skyrocketed success line similar to Charlize Theron’s experience. Her first role being an uncredited feeder girl in 2014’s ‘The Vampire Academy’ alongside Zoey Deutch (‘Before I Fall,’ ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’), Lucy Fry (‘Bright,’ ‘Mr. Church’) and more. Only a year later, to land an outstanding role in Robert Eggers’ ‘The Witch’ alongside Ralph Ineson (‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’), Kate Dickie (‘Prometheus,’ ‘Filth’), and more. This role, in particular, and in my opinion, was the exact role that showed the industry Taylor-Joy’s acting capabilities to land intriguing and more extensive parts. She was the lead in ‘Emma,’ based on the Jane Austen novel, and has landed roles in M. Night Shyamalan films such as ‘Split’ and ‘Glass’ alongside James McAvoy (‘Filth,’ ‘Atonement’), Bruce Willis (‘Die Hard,’ ‘Pulp Fiction’), Samuel L. Jackson (‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘The Hateful Eight’) and more.
Taylor-Joy can be seen in the recent release of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ portraying the cunning and brilliant chess-prodigy Beth Harmon alongside Chloe Pirrie (‘Youth,’ ‘Emma’), Bill Camp (‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Joker’), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (‘The Maze Runner,’ ‘Love Actually’) and more. In the post-production process, Taylor-Joy can next be seen in Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’ alongside Diana Rigg (‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Avengers’), Thomasin McKenzie (‘Leave No Trace,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’) and more. As well as in another Robbert Eggers film ‘The Northman’ alongside Alexander Skarsgård (‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘The Legend of Tarzan’), Nicole Kidman (‘Moulin Rouge!,’ ‘The Hours’) and more. Anya Taylor-Joy truly holds a unique aura around herself that exudes when she enters the screen. She has proven herself worthy in portraying deep characters with harrowing backgrounds. If she portrays Imperator Furiosa anything like her strong-willed feminist character, Beth Harmon in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ with the addition of George Miller’s directing and award-winning crew, then ‘Furiosa’ will, without a doubt, be THE lead female action movie of the decade.
Chris Hemsworth, more commonly known as Thor, has starred in ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ ‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ ‘Bad Times at the El Royale,’ and so much more. In the post-production process, Hemsworth can be seen in Joseph Kosinski’s ‘Escape from Spiderhead’ alongside Jurnee Smollett (‘Birds of Prey,’ ‘Lovecraft Country’), Miles Teller (‘The Spectacular Now,’ ‘Whiplash’) and more. Expected May 6, 2022, he is currently filming for Taika Waititi’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ alongside Christian Bale (‘The Dark Knight,’ ‘American Psycho’), Natalie Portman (‘Black Swan,’ ‘V for Vendetta’) and more.
Most commonly known for his role at Black Manta in James Wan’s ‘Aquaman,’ Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has also starred in ‘The Greatest Showman,’ ‘Us,’ ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Watchmen,’ and so much more. Abdul-Mateen II will next be seen in Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ alongside Teyonah Parris (‘Dear White People,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (‘Misfits,’ ‘Bom Hemingway’), and much more. In the post-production process, he will also be seen in Lana Wachowski’s ‘The Matrix 4’ alongside Priyanka Chopra Jonas (‘Baywatch,’ ‘Don 2’), Keanu Reeves (‘The Matrix,’ ‘Speed’) and more.
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‘Mad Fax’ Franchise
At first glance, the main thing that pulls my attention towards ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is the pure brilliance and creativity of the set design, costume design, etc.; the bungee guitar as the War Boys ride into battle is merely iconic. The first three initial Mad Max franchises, directed by George Miller, ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior,’ and ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’ all had Mel Gibson (‘Braveheart,’ ‘Lethal Weapon 3’) as the portrayal of the esteemed character, Max Rockatansky, while the character Imperator Furiosa had yet to be added. That is until Tom Hardy (‘Inception,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises’) took over the role as Max, and Charlize Theron took over the added Imperator Furiosa for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ the fourth installment of the ‘Mad Max’ franchise.
Imperator Furiosa is a rebellious war captain under the grueling leader Immortan Joe. Furiosa then goes on to liberate Immortan Joe’s Wives, the pure beauties in the world. Her character aligns with Max Rockatansky, who teams alongside Furiosa as they go against Immortan Joe and his army of War Boys, who huff spray paint to find the feeling of ecstasy. Furiosa herself adds feminist views into the franchise with her strength and influential figure’s importance to the army and hierarchy. She has morals that withhold herself to standards uncomparable to anyone else in the film whose morals are nowhere to be found. Placing everyone before herself, she sacrifices her entire self for the liberation of the pure wives, that is until Max sacrifices himself for her.
The film was a soaring hit as it expressed the post-apocalyptic world and wasteland creeping with drugged junkies and warriors. Nominated for ten awards at the 88th Academy Awards in 2016, ‘Mad Mad: Fury Road’ won six of the ten for Best Film Editing (Margaret Sixel), Best Production Design (Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson), Best Costume Design (Jenny Beavan), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, and Damian Martin), Best Sound Mixing (Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo), and Best Sound Editing (Mark Mangini and David White). Also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects; ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ was a top hit receiving awards across the world.
Charlize Theron: THE Imperator Furiosa
Portraying the initial installment of the character Imperator Furiosa, Charlize Theron is an esteemed actress, producer, and activist. Starting her career as an uncredited role in ‘Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest,’ Theron would prove her acting capabilities in no time as she landed roles alongside award-winning actors, actresses, directors, producers, etc. In 1996, at 21 years old, she would land a role in Tom Hanks’ film ‘That Thing You Do!’ alongside Tom Hanks (‘Cast Away,’ ‘Big’) and Liv Tyler (‘The Strangers,’ ‘Armageddon’). A year later, she would appear in Jonathan Lynn’s ‘Trial and Error’ alongside Michael Richards (‘Airheads,’ ‘Seinfeld’) and Jeff Daniels (‘Dumb and Dumber,’ ‘Steve Jobs’). In the same year, she would appear in Taylor Hackford’s ‘The Devil’s Advocate‘ alongside Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. From then on, Theron’s work experience is astounding to witness because there is no slow incline but rather a jump start of landing these memorable roles, something only a person with real, pure talent can accomplish. Starting from an uncredited role to landing roles alongside these esteemed directors and actors/actresses is quite astounding.
Born in Benoni, South Africa, Theron keeps to her roots in her activism with her foundation, ‘Charlize Theron: Africa Outreach Project.’ Created in 2007, the foundation focuses on making a difference in fighting HIV in South Africa. Charlize Theron is genuinely one of those people in the industry who uses her influence positively to create change and give love to everyone in need. In my opinion (with acting capabilities aside), her skyrocket of success in the industry is directly related to her compassion, genuine personality, and perseverance to create positive change and impact.
Charlize Theron will next be seen in Justin Lin’s ‘F9’ alongside Vin Diesel (‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Furious 7’), Michelle Rodriguez (‘Avatar,’ ‘The Fast and the Furious’) and more. In the post-production process, Theron will also be heard as a voice actress in the next installment of the 2019’s ‘The Addams Family,’ currently untitled as ‘Untitled Addams Family Sequel’ alongside Chloë Grace Moretz (‘Kick-Ass,’ ‘Carrie’), Oscar Issac (‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘Ex Machina’), Bill Hader (‘Inside Out,’ ‘Trainwreck’), Nick Kroll (‘Sing,’ ‘Adult Beginners’), Bette Midler (‘Hocus Pocus,’ ‘The First Wives Club’), Snoop Dogg (‘Training Day,’ ‘Baby Boy’) and more. Also recently announced, Theron, is expected to be seen in the second installment of ‘Atomic Blonde 2.’
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