George Miller’s mad, mad world is returning this summer in Mad Max: Fury Road, the long-awaited follow-up to the director’s classic trilogy of post-apocalyptic action movies, which starred Mel Gibson as roaming survivor Max Rockatansky. Tom Hardy has taken over the lead role for this latest entry in the series, and Charlize Theron is playing female lead Imperator Furiosa, a woman attempting to cross the desert with her pack of followers, in order to return to her childhood homeland.
It’s going to be tough to top the insane, operatic first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, but Warner Bros. is aiming to do so with a new trailer set to debut tomorrow. There have been a few other trailers and TV spots since marketing began, but most of them only used footage from the initial trailer with a bare few additional seconds of new clips.
To tease the new material in the upcoming trailer, Warner Bros. has released a series of vignettes showing a bit of what’s to come. One of these, titled “Explosion,” was released last week and now there are three more online. These are called “Retaliation,” “Chaos” and “War,” respectively. Again, a lot of the footage in these clips has been seen before, but there are glimpses of new stuff in there, with “Retaliation” being comprised almost entirely of fresh clips and dialogue. Enjoy.
Max leads a tough life, so perhaps it’s appropriate that Mad Max: Fury Road had a hard uphill battle on its road to the big screen. After 25 years in development hell, the film was finally set to begin filming in Broken Hill, New South Wales, only for those plans to be scuppered when the desert bloomed with lush flora following heavy rain – not a great look for a world where water is supposed to be scarce. Filming eventually began in the Namib Desert in summer 2012, and three years later Max is finally ready to meet modern audiences.
There are a lot of big sequels to old properties coming out this year, from Terminator: Genisys to Jurassic World. Mad Max: Fury Road is something of a rarity, however, since it was made by the same director as the first three films. We haven’t been this excited since George Lucas returned to direct another Star Wars movie after twenty years. OK, that might be a bad example.
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters on May 15th, 2015.