After a number of years of changing plans and storyline shifts, shooting for the highly-anticipated prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, titled Furiosa, is currently underway.
One of the forthcoming film’s stars, Chris Hemsworth, confirmed the news on his personal Twitter and Instagram pages on Wednesday.
‘A new journey in the Mad Max saga begins,’ captioned the Australian actor, who uploaded a snap of a movie clapperboard being used on set.
Confirmed! Chris Hemsworth, 38, confirmed the shoot for the Mad Max: Furry Road prequel Furiosa is underway with a couple of Instagram posts on Wednesday
‘A new journey in the Mad Max saga begins,’ captioned the Australian actor, who uploaded a snap of a movie clapperboard being used on set
Hemsworth, 38, had shared the same clapperboard image to his Instagram Stories, writing: ‘Here we go.’
The spin-off is based on the Fury Road character Imperator Furiosa, who was previously played by Charlize Theron, according to Variety.
For this go-around, Anya Taylor-Joy steps into the role, playing a younger version of the renegade warrior, who turned against Immortan Joe, in the predecessor, in order to free his female concubines (or breeders), dubbed The Five Wives.
Franchise creator George Miller is back as director and co-writer of the film, alongside Nico Lathouris, as well as his longtime producing partner Doug Mitchell.
Miller, 77, has described the prequel as ‘a saga,’ that will be told over a 15-year period, which is much different from Fury Road, which spanned three days in its timeframe.
Here we go! Hemsworth, 38, had shared the same clapperboard image to his Instagram Stories, writing: ‘Here we go’
The brains: Creator George Miller, 77, is back as director and co-writer of Furiosa, which is the fifth film in the Mad Max franchise, and second of the reboot that started with Fury Road (2015)
So far there’s no official world on exactly who Hemsworth will be playing, and the same goes for co-star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
In the lead-up to the shoot, Miller revealed that he will again work with Dutch composer Tom Holkenborg, otherwise known as Junkie XL, on the movie score. Holkenborg had also been onboard to do the music for Fury Road.
From the looks of the clapperboard in Hemsworth’s Instagram post, Simon Duggan is stepping in as the cinematographer for the now retired John Seale, who received an Oscar nomination for his work on Fury Road.
Academy Award-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan is also returning as the film’s costume designer.
In an interview with Variety, Beavan revealed that Taylor-Joy was hoping she would be shaving her head for the role, like Theron previously did for the first film of the frachise reboot.
Following in the footsteps: Anya Taylor Joy, who plays a younger version of Imperator Furiosa, is hoping director Geroge Miller will want her to shave her head for the role, like he did when Theron played the character
‘She wants to [shave her head], but George [Miller] doesn’t want her to. So I don’t know whether she will or not,’ said Beavan.
In recent years, Taylor-Joy, 26, has gotten high praise for her roles in Peaky Blinders (2019-2022), which she starred in the fifth and sixth seasons, as well as the films Emma (2020) and The Queen’s Gambit (2020).
Although it wasn’t the blockbuster hit that some had expected, Mad Max: Fury Road did go on to rake-in $374.7 million on a budget that was between $154.6–185.1 million.
Plus, the reboot went on to be nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning six Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Initially, Warner Bros. announced the film would be released in June 2023, but the premiere date has since been pushed back to May 24, 2024.
Much acclaim: Mad Max: Fury Road, which starred Tom Hardy as Max, earned $374.7 million on a $154.6–185.1 million budget; it received 10 Oscar nominations, winning six