This morning, EW revealed the cover for this week’s issue of their magazine, featuring Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hard, Charlize Theron, and Charlize Theron’s cyborg arm.
Mad Max: Fury Road has been in development in some form or another for the better part of a decade, and I still couldn’t possibly hazard to tell you what it’s about. A cover reveal normally wouldn’t feel like a big deal but the accompanying story offers an official description of Theron’s character, “a bad-ass commander named Imperator Furiosa.” Fair enough.
It’s been 35 years since the first film in the series brought up Outback cop Max, who hops in his souped-up police interceptor to get revenge on the biker gang that murdered his wife and son. 1985’s Beyond the Thunderdome was a beautifully-shot misfire that almost felt incidentally like an entry in the franchise – lighter in tone (Max protects a group of feral children), it’s only around the last act that the film remembers to add some motor mayhem, largely recycling the great convoy sequence from The Road Warrior.
Bronson and The Dark Knight Rises star Hardy replaces Mel Gibson (in the role that made the actor famous stateside) as “Mad” Max Rockatansky from director George Miller, who tells EW that the idea for the film came to him back in 2000. Apparently, that idea involves one long, sustained chase: “I wanted to tell a linear story–a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes,” with the piece promising largely practical effects and a dialog-light script.
Mad Max: Fury Road will be in theaters in May of 2015.