‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Synopsis & Details: Welcome Back to the Wasteland

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:01 pm,

It’s no secret that Mad Max: Fury Road (a.k.a. Mad Max 4) began filming over a month ago, with George Miller calling the shots. Tom Hardy was proudly sporting the frizzly beard he grew to play Max Rockatansky throughout his promotion of The Dark Knight Rises, while Charlize Theron was enthusiastically talking about the script (co-written by Miller) and how reading it left her “scared s**tless” a couple months ago.

Nonetheless, we’re just getting an official press release for the start of principal photography on the new Mad Max film, following the release of several set photos online six weeks ago (scroll on down for the details).

Here’s a rundown of the Fury Road cast, along with a synopsis:

“Mad Max: Fury Road”–the fourth in the franchise’s history–stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Oscar(R) winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”, “Prometheus”) as Imperator Furiosa.

According to Miller, “Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.”

“Mad Max: Fury Road” also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoe Kravitz (“X-Men: First Class”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.

The 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Set

Fury Road is filming in Africa, due to severe flooding in Broken Hill of New South Wales, Australia, that forced a relocation for the production. That landscape is no longer the arid terrain necessary to create the devastated post-apocalyptic setting of the Mad Max universe (known as the Wasteland).

For a long time, there seemed to be a good chance that Fury Road would go the route of Miller’s Justice League movie, which collapsed back in the 2000s. Hopefully, Fury Road will be (wait for it…) a road worth traveling, considering how many false starts Mad Max fans have endured over the past several years. If nothing else, it’s a welcome change of pace for its director, who’s spent the last decade making Happy Feet movies.

Mad Max: Fury Road is expected to reach theaters by 2013. We’ll let you know when an official release date has been set.

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  1. “Nobody knew who I was until I put on the mask”

    • “No one cared who I was ’til I put on the mask”

      • “Nobody cared who i was until i misquoted”

        • Amen

        • It’s a quote – to repeat or copy the exact words spoken or written by somebody. You failed to do that. If I am misquoting something I want to know right away to prevent further mistakes. I apologize for interrupting your blissful ignorance.

          “You can’t deal with the truth!”

    • not really, IGN voters put TDKR ahead and even here it was voted higher..

      • whilst everywhere else, it was the other way around.

        • Not really. Not at all. Majority of “Best Comicbook movie of the summer/year” have TDKR taking 60 percent of votes with Avengerd 30 and ASM 10

  2. So first of all Tom Hardy as the lead and now I find out Nathan Jones is in it too?


    Liked Nathan Jones first when he wrestled, then when he appeared in Troy, Tony Jaa’s second movie (forget the name) and Conan. Plus he’s Australian so no need to put on a fake accent.

  3. Thunderdome!

    I often wanted one when I was teaching and students would complain about each other. I always figured that was the best way to deal with their issues…

  4. Millers says it is based on The Word Burgers Of The History Men.
    There is no such thing as The Word Burgers Of The History Men.

  5. It must be a made up book for the movie, Mad Max is pretty far into the future and i remember Road Warrior being narrated by the ferret kid, maybe this movie is a tale from a book he wrote, from what he gathered from the past, wonder if the gyro captain will be in this?!

    It could also be Mad Max version of the bible, although the Book of Eli kind of already covered that, who knows, in Happy Feet we trust?

  6. A concern I have is Mel had said he was willing to do this
    for the longest time and the reason why that did not
    proceed was because the budget went too high
    for all the tings they were thinking of doing.

    I never bought that entirely and I wonder if
    the story was in the end unappealing and
    not enough reason to return as Max.

  7. I know Mel and Tom have met and talked and Mel has said he will be perfect in the role, but i was never worried about that. My concern is that the film will look too sleek. The thing that is brilliant about Mad Max is that it all developed from a low budget film. It needs the rawness. It needs the simplicity and it needs the brutality. I sure hope they film on actual film stock and not digital for this. And i sure as hell hope they don’t resort to CGI for the stunt work.

  8. I loved the original Max movies. This one sounds like a collection of supermodels with a younger (prettier) Max. Guess we could call this Max 90210 ? Maybe they should have just caved entirely, and recasted Max as Maxine. Maybe get the Black Widow to play the new Max. From what I’ve seen, she’s reasonably indestructible. Hair, costume and the rest of her body included.

    • The way it describes things it sounds like a satire or a comedy making fun of the previous ‘Max’ movies or making fun of itself. Seriously I can’t help but think It sounds bizarre. Perhaps it’s crazy enough to be fun, how would that be for a change??

  9. Will give it a chance. Why not. I’m tired of hating movies before they come out. I just want to have fun now, to be entertained.

  10. No Mel Gibson, no problem I`m confident with Tom Hardy

  11. Surely they could of found a patch of outback Australia that still looked arid enough.

    A Mad Max film without Mel Gibson or Australia… hopefully the practical action makes up for it.