‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Images: Max Rockatansky is in Trouble Again

Published 9 months ago by , Updated July 21st, 2014 at 2:48 pm,

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A long time before The Walking Dead came along and depicted a post-apocalyptic future where both fuel and ammunition are increasingly scarce, George Miller’s Mad Max trilogy did it first, and with a lot more style. Set in a barren, brutal landscape where survivors cobble together whatever they can find to make clothes, weapons and vehicles, the Mad Max films followed Max Rockatansky (originally played by Mel Gibson) along his journey from family man and police officer to hardened survivalist and wanderer.

The lengthy development of the fourth film in the franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, means that the movie won’t arrive in theaters until almost a full thirty years have passed since the release of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. In a partial reboot of the story, Tom Hardy will take over the role of Max and star alongside Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa. Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played Toecutter in the first film, is returning as new antagonist Immortan Joe, and Mad Max: Fury Road will also star Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz and Josh Helman.

The first set of official stills from Mad Max: Fury Road were recently published in Entertainment Weekly, and the Comic Con 2014 issue of the magazine has now offered a new look as Hardy, Theron and Helman in their respective roles. Helman, who most recently played a young William Stryker in X-Men: Days of Future Past, looks almost unrecognizable under his heavy make-up as he rides a tied and muzzled Hardy on the hood of a post-apocalyptic vehicle, and Theron can be seen sporting Furiosa’s heavy-duty prosthetic hand.


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Based on what we’ve heard about the plot so far, Mad Max: Fury Road seems to be a partial reboot set not long after the events of the first movie, with Max still dealing with the traumatic loss of his wife and child. He crosses paths with Furiosa, who is trying to make the long journey to her childhood homeland, but whose footsteps are being dogged by Immortan Joe. Of the three previous Mad Max movies, Fury Road looks most reminiscent of Mad Max: The Road Warrior, with its story of survivors seeking a better place to live and the grim image of a living person mounted on the hood of a vehicle.

Miller reportedly relied more on storyboards than a traditional screenplay, since the film doesn’t feature a great deal of dialogue, but Theron said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that she felt very well prepared for her role: “I had the longest pre-production rehearsal with a director—talking about what it was all supposed to be—that I’ve ever had in my entire career.”

Miller has certainly had a long time to make up his mind about what kind of movie he wants Mad Max: Fury Road to be. Let’s hope it manages to be the follow-up that Mad Max fans have been waiting for when it arrives in theaters.

Mad Max: Fury Road is scheduled for release on May 15th, 2015.

Source: Entertainment Weekly (via THAS & The Playlist)

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  1. Definitely like the look of where this is going. Hope George Miller can pull of another great Max movie.

  2. If it stays true to the first two films, it will be good. Thunderdome was a pretty big departure in the franchise.

    • This movie has nothing to do with the previous movies this is just Mad Max in a more modern style of story telling so don’t go into theatres thinking there will be any references to the predecessors.

      • Actually this film takes place between mad max and mad max 2.

  3. Max Mad? Is that some way of circumventing trademark or just an epic typo?

    • Just trying to shake things up a little. ;)

  4. My life will be complete when I see this.

  5. i cant wait for this, i love the original mad max films but i hope theres a little more actual fighting and gun fights and that kind of action to go along with the vehicular combat

  6. God, i’m stoked! Tom Hardy’s the only one who’s allowed and has the skills to step in Mel Gibson’s shoes; my opinion anyway..

    • +1

  7. Awesome !…we need movies like this, these days

  8. Yea this is gonna be dope! Aesthetically I can see this being one of the best films next year.

  9. Mad Max: Tying me up and putting that mouthgaurd on me will be very painfull…for you.

  10. This could just as well be a poster for “Bane begins”.

  11. I saw the rough cut, it was piece of s***