‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Image Reveals Tom Hardy as Max

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Twenty-seven years have passed since the release Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. In the time since that last installment of George Miller’s iconic action series, the director has struggled off and on to get a fourth chapter in the saga into production. Fortunately for fans of the prototypical post-apocalyptic epic, Mad Max: Fury Road began filming in Australia several months ago.

Though images of the set, costumes, and vehicles of Fury Road have made their way onto the Internet, we have yet to see the film’s titular hero…(possibly) until now. An autographed copy of a promotional photograph has surfaced – an image of actor Tom Hardy (Splinter Cell) stepping into the role that once made Mel Gibson an international star.

 Ain’t It Cool has posted the first confirmed photograph of Tom Hardy as wasteland warrior Max Rockatansky. Along with the image of Hardy, the site shared a promotional image of one of Mad Max: Fury Road‘s armored vehicles, signed by multiple members of the cast. You can look at both of these below.

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 Mad Max: Fury Road Image Reveals Tom Hardy as Max

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For a series known for its delightfully over-the-top costume design, Max’s appearance in the above photo is rather sedate. Hardy’s appearance brings to mind more modern survivalist fare such as The Road or The Book of Eli  rather than previous Mad Max movies.

That said, the quality of the image is not terribly good, and shot at such an angle that we don’t get a full view of the costuming. Though we can’t see it, it’s fairly certain that Hardy is wearing the iconic leg-brace and shotgun holster from The Road Warrior. At the very least, he looks the part of a hardened desert wanderer, harried and exhausted.

In addition, previous set photos have confirmed that the overall aesthetic of Mad Max: Fury Road will definitely be more in line with the over-the-top imagery of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Skin-masks, wrist-blades, and crazy armor are all in the cards for the fourth installment of the series.

Additionally, a single promotional shot does not do justice to a film’s-worth of acting and imagery. Despite the brief glimpse of his appearance, whether Tom Hardy will be able to step comfortably into the boots of one of cult cinema’s greatest heroes is still unknown. Hardy has proven himself an adept and adaptable actor in the last few years; at this point, his version of Max deserves cautious optimism.

Mad Max: Fury Road is currently set to crash into cinemas late in 2013.

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Source: Ain’t It Cool

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  1. he looks awesome! total badass!

  2. Tom Hardy… If it has to be anyone other than Mel Gibson. This is our man.

    • I’d much rather see Mel return, but sadly, for the most part, the Hollyweird hypocrites seem determined not to let him back in their fold.

      • I respect Mel Gibson for his unforgettable role as MAD MAX that made him famous but I wouldn’t want to see him reprise that role again its just not gonna work in my view. Having Tom Hardy I think is gonna boost the franchise

  3. YES !!! … Excited to see Tom Hardy as MAD MAX

  4. Armored boots?

  5. I hope this turns out to be good because I heard there was a lot of problems on the set between hardy n theron because she didn’t like his acting methods

  6. I want to see this badly, I worshipp Mad Max films, “The Road Warrior” is one of my all time favourite Sci-fi films, The first one is also Badass with such a tiny budget, George Miller will once again show the world how to do a action car scene, hes the master at it, I hope he keeps it raw with little or no CGI like the first 3, and if Mel isnt Max then I hope Tom Hardy puts on an Aussie accent at least, this is still post apocalypic Australia, I dont want some posh sounding Pom wandering the wasteland! Hardy is the perfect replacement, an awesome actor, but he has to at least try to sound Aussie, the same for the rest of them, I would of personally gone for Sam Worthington to play Max, at least hes from Oz..

  7. I have a feeling he will be better than Mel IMO.

    Can’t wait for this movie!!!

    If you look carefully, he even has the iconic right shoulder armor too! Can’t wait!!

  8. Thats a big call, Hardy being better than Mel, Hardy does look seriously badass though, as much as I would love to see Mel Gibson back as Max, I think hes to old now, this is a younger mans film, like ive said I just hope he has an Aussie accent in it..

    • Nobody will ever replace Mel, I just hope Hardy brings some humour and cheekiness that has been missing from his roles of late, he was awesome in Inception and RockNRolla and looked like he was having fun, mean and moody gets a bit tedious after a while!

  9. Cool cant wait!

  10. Kenneth this is MAD MAX, Hardy has to be a dark, conflicted and withdrawn charactor, hes tormented from his past thats why he just wanders the wastland in his awesome Interceptor, Max cant be all light and humorous are you kidding me! Max doesnt even talk that much anyway in the previous films, Fury Road is going to be pretty brutal I reckon, their wont be much humor me at all, just the thirst for Gasoline!

    • No I totally agree with you but Mel always had that twinkle in his eye, I’m not expecting Hardy to be dancing a jig and wise cracking all over the place, I know what I mean ;-)

  11. I’m not sure anyone was sitting there hoping that one day there would be another Mad Max movie.

    The originals were great but not sure there will be a following for this movie based on those.

    Time may prove me wrong.

    Wonder if Hardy will be doing an Australian accent.

  12. Chris I think you under estimate Mad Max a little, it has a huge cult following behind it, mainly in Australia and the US, ive always wanted to see a modern version of it, and I cant speak for enyone else but I have been waiting for a new Mad Max reboot based on the originals for years, so yeah their are people around who are excited for this, just on the film I think we see a glorious return of the Intercepter as well, its a beast, some of the cars in Fury Road look insane, if its a remake of the first then I hope we see the Knight Rider as well! and again Hardy better put on an Aussie accent!

  13. I would of preferred Mel Gibson back as an older Mad Max!

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