Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga – Film

About Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga – Film

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Film Details

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (or simply Furiosa) is a 2024 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed and produced by George Miller, who wrote the screenplay with Nico Lathouris. It is the fifth installment in the Mad Max franchise, serving as a prequel and spin-off to Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and focuses on the Fury Road character Imperator Furiosa. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Alyla Browne as younger versions of Furiosa (originally portrayed by Charlize Theron), alongside Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke.

Set 15 to 20 years before the events of Fury Road, in a desert wasteland where warlords fight over the last remaining sources of water, food, weapons, and gasoline, Furiosa traces the young title character’s life from her kidnapping by the forces of warlord Dementus (Hemsworth) to her revenge on the warlord for the loss of her mother. For over a decade, she struggles to survive as a slave and, eventually, a trusted lieutenant of the Citadel’s cult leader, Immortan Joe (Lachy Hulme), and his military commander Praetorian Jack (Burke).

Miller initially intended to shoot Furiosa back-to-back with Fury Road, but the former spent several years in development hell amidst salary disputes with Warner Bros. Pictures, Fury Roads distributor. Several crew members from Fury Road returned for Furiosa, including composer Tom Holkenborg, costume designer Jenny Beavan, editor Margaret Sixel (Miller’s wife), and screenwriter Lathouris. Filming took place in Australia from June to October 2022.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga premiered at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on 15 May 2024. It was released in theaters in Australia by Warner Bros. on 23 May 2024, and in the United States the following day. The film received positive reviews from critics and has grossed $68 million worldwide.

STORY

CAST

  • Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa
    • Alyla Browne portrays Furiosa as a child and teenager
    • Archive footage of Charlize Theron as the older Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road is used during the end credits.
  • Chris Hemsworth as Dementus, the warlord leader of the Biker Horde, which abducted Furiosa, and eventual ruler of Gastown
  • Tom Burke as Praetorian Jack, the commander of the Citadel’s first War Rig
  • Lachy Hulme as Immortan Joe, the warlord leader of the Citadel and enemy of the Biker Horde
    • Archive footage of Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe from Mad Max: Fury Road is used during the end credits.
    • Hulme also portrays Rizzdale Pell, Dementus’s lieutenant
  • George Shevtsov as The History Man, an expert in pre-apocalyptic history, science, and technology who serves Dementus (the film’s narrator)
  • John Howard as The People Eater, Joe’s advisor and military strategist, and the future ruler of Gastown in Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Angus Sampson as The Organic Mechanic, Dementus’s and later Joe’s personal physician
  • Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus, Joe’s muscular but dim-witted son
  • Josh Helman as Scrotus, Joe’s psychologically unstable son
  • Charlee Fraser as Mary Jabassa, Furiosa’s mother
  • Dylan Adonis as Valkyrie, Furiosa’s little sister
  • Elsa Pataky as Mr. Norton, a deformed survivor who joins the Biker Horde
    • Pataky also portrays a Vuvalini General
  • Bryan Probets as Chumbucket, a hunchbacked auto mechanic at the Citadel
  • Quaden Bayles as War Pup
  • Peter Stephens as Guardian of Gastown
  • Lee Perry as The Bullet Farmer, ruler of the Bullet Farm and the Citadel’s arms supplier
  • Daniel Webber as War Boy
  • Sean Millis as Lone War Boy
  • iOTA as The Doof Warrior, the post-apocalyptic version of a drummer boy
  • Jacob Tomuri as Max Rockatansky, a loner living in his V8 Interceptor who witnesses Furiosa return to the Citadel; he will later help Furiosa defeat Immortan Joe and claim control of the Citadel in Mad Max: Fury Road; Tomuri served as Tom Hardy’s stunt double during the filming of Fury Road.

PRODUCTION

Director George Miller and co-writer Nico Lathouris spent over 15 years writing the script for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and developed backstories for every character, particularly co-protagonist Imperator Furiosa. They eventually wrote a Furiosa-centered screenplay, which actress Charlize Theron used as a reference for her performance in Fury Road. At one point, Miller and Lathouris hoped to turn the Furiosa screenplay into an animated film. According to Miller, Furiosa “probably” takes place after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), but the Mad Max franchise has “no strict chronology”. The first trailer of the film, released on 30 November 2023, confirmed that Furiosa takes place “45 years after the collapse”.

In July 2010, Miller announced plans to shoot Fury Road back-to-back with a live-action prequel film entitled Mad Max: Furiosa, but during pre-production, it was decided to only shoot Fury Road. In November 2017, Miller’s production company filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. over a Fury Road salary dispute, which delayed the production of any additional entries in the franchise. In July 2019, Miller revealed that a Furiosa film was still being planned in addition to two Mad Max sequels.

By March 2020, Miller and Warner Bros. settled their lawsuit and began casting the Furiosa prequel, which Miller intended to make after Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022). It was reported that the film would take place over a timeframe of 15 years, depicting Furiosa’s backstory of how she was displaced from her home and spent her life “trying to get back”.

Multiple Fury Road crew members agreed to return for the film, including composer Tom Holkenborg, costume designer Jenny Beavan, editor Margaret Sixel, makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt, production designer Colin Gibson, and sound mixer Ben Osmo; Beavan, Sixel, Vanderwalt, Gibson, and Osmo had all previously won Academy Awards for their work on Fury Road. In 2020, Miller said that the semi-retired John Seale had agreed to return as cinematographer, but Seale retired after shooting Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing, explaining that he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren. Simon Duggan took over as Furiosas cinematographer.

In May 2024, after the film’s release, Deadline Hollywood reported that Village Roadshow Pictures, which had co-financed Fury Road, did not co-finance Furiosa. The news site also reported that as a result, “Warner Bros. is all in on Furiosa”, although Domain Entertainment (a private equity fund that co-financed other Warner Bros. productions like Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Wonka in 2023) was listed in the opening credits along with Warner Bros.

RELEASE

May 23, 2024

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