The whole world’s about to go mad (again) as Tom Hardy takes up the title role of George Miller’s long-awaited follow-up to his famous post-apocalyptic action series, Mad Max: Fury Road. Also starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Hugh Keays-Byrne (who played Toecutter in the original Mad Max), the film is set in a dystopian future where key resources have dried up and those left alive face an everyday struggle for survival.
From what we’ve heard, Mad Max: Fury Road is light on dialogue and heavy on crazy stunts, car chases and explosions. That’s definitely the way it’s been marketed in the joyfully anarchic trailers, and a new TV spot – titled simply “Explosion” – sums up the heart of the movie in a scant fifteen seconds. It’s been almost three years since principal photography on Mad Max: Fury Road began in Namibia, and it looks like Miller and co. spent the entire budget putting together crazy vehicles and experimenting with the most creative and violent ways to take them apart.
Mad Max: Fury Road will arrive in theaters on May 15th, but for anyone who really, desperately needs to see it as early as possible, the premiere will take place at Cannes Film Festival on May 14th, according to THR. It’s an out of competition screening so it won’t pick up any awards, but it could find a lot of favor among critics – especially given the positive reactions to early screenings.
According to the synopsis, Mad Max: Fury Road will focus on two characters in particular: Max himself and Imperator Furiosa (Theron), a one-armed “woman of action” who is trying to cross the desert to reach her childhood home with a string of followers in tow, including Toast (Zoë Kravitz), Splendid (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), The Dag (Abbey Lee), Fragile (Courtney Eaton) and Capable (Riley Keough).
Mad Max: Fury Road is the first film to be announced for Cannes Film Festival 2015, with the rest of the selection set to be revealed during a press conference on April 16th. Miller’s film will certainly stand out amid the usual Cannes platter of European art house fare, but will it be worth the 30-year wait?
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters on May 15th, 2015.