Yes, finally, after many fits and starts, the new Road Warrior movie Mad Max: Fury Road is officially underway (filming actually began back in July but the official announcement was just released). The production has been delayed due in large part to weather conditions in the area where Mad Max: Fury Road was going to be filmed. Severe flooding turned Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia into a lush oasis and the film had to be moved to a new location that appears more like post-apocalyptic terrain.
George Miller returns to the world of Mad Max he created following a stint with animated films (Happy Feet 1 & 2) and talking pigs (Babe, Babe: Pig in the City). Miller wrote and directed 1979's Mad Max, 1981's Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, and 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. He co-wrote, produces and directs Mad Max: Fury Road.
The Mad Max: Fury Road cast includes Tom Hardy ('Bane' in The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky, Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe, and Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus. ZoŽ Kravitz is Toast, Riley Keough is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is playing Splendid. Supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw and Courtney Eaton will be making their feature film acting debuts with Mad Max: Fury Road.
In the official announcement, Miller stated: "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."
The Kennedy Miller Mitchell production will be distributed by Warner Bros.
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