Chris Hemsworth Has Been Cast In The Mad Max Prequel To Be Filmed In Australia
Chris Hemsworth has been cast in the upcoming prequel film for the Mad Max franchise.
According to Deadline, The Aussie actor will star alongside Anya Taylor-Joy and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the upcoming flick, which will delve into the life of Charlize Theron's character from the 2015 movie Mad Max: Fury Road.
Director George Miller was considering using cinema technology to de-age Theron so she could reprise her role as war captain Furiosa, however he decided against it and has cast Taylor-Joy for the role.
It's unclear what characters Hemsworth and Abdul-Mateen II will play in the prequel.
The movie is scheduled to be shot in Australia, according to Geeks WorldWide, and was due to get underway this year, however the coronavirus pandemic has caused production to be delayed.
When Miller was developing Fury Road, he created origin stories for every character, including Theron's Furiosa, who was a new addition to the Mad Max franchise. Because her backstory was barely mentioned during the 2015 film, Miller thought it would be good to explore it with her own origin tale.
However, the decision to recruit a younger actor for the role didn't sit well with Charlize Theron.
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Speaking back in July, the Academy Award-winner told The Hollywood Reporter: "It's a tough one to swallow. Listen, I fully respect George, if not more so in the aftermath of making Fury Road with him.
"He's a master and I wish him nothing but the best. Yeah, it's a little heartbreaking, for sure. I really love that character [Furiosa] and I'm so grateful that I had a small part in creating her. She will forever be someone I think of and reflect on fondly."
Miller highlighted how CGI technology to de-age an actor did well in films like The Irishman, however he didn't want to rely on those techniques when he could just get a younger actor.
Theron acknowledged that, but doubled down, saying: "We get so hung up on the smaller details that we forget the thing that we emotionally tap into has nothing to do with that minute thing that we're focusing on."
Miller announced last year that he intended to make a fifth film in the Mad Max franchise, which some media outlets have reported to be titled Wasteland.
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