Prequel Movie in Universe Mad Max & Furiosa for Synopsis
The official synopsis for Furiosa confirms the prequel spinoff of Mad Max: Fury Road will bring back the villain Immortan Joe. The synopsis also teases new details about Furiosa’s origin story, promising the warrior will be caught in the middle of a war between two warlords from the wastelands.
Mad Max: Fury Road, fans of George Miller’s post-apocalyptic fantasy universe were presented to the Green Place, a fabled land that was able to produce fertile crops a long time ago. As Furiosa’s synopsis reveals, the prequel will take us back to the Green Place when it was still green. The movie will tell the story of the young warrior as she’s kidnapped from this peaceful and bountiful land by Warlord Dementus, one of the tyrants who roam the wastelands trying to grab all they can. Dementus, however, was not created for the movie, as the villain was previously mentioned in 2015’s Mad Max, a videogame developed based on Miller’s notes about his fantastic universe.
Besides making Dementus the main villain, Furiosa marks the return of Immortan Joe. According to the synopsis, Dementus and his Biker Horde will come across Immortan Joe’s Citadel, leading to a major conflict between the two tyrants. Furiosa will have to use this war to find her way home, becoming the great warrior from Fury Road in the process. We don’t know yet who’ll be playing Dementus in Furiosa, but there’s a high chance Chris Hemsworth will end up in the villain role. The prequel also features Anya Taylor-Joy as a young Furiosa, a part that belonged to Oscar-winner Charlize Theron in Fury Road. Rounding up the main cast is Tom Burke, who could be taking over the role of Immortan Joe. Hugh Keays-Byrne played the villain in Fury Road.
After working in all four previous Mad Max films, George Miller is back to direct Furiosa from a script he co-wrote with Nico Lathouris. Also returning from the Oscar-winning crew of Fury Road are production designer Colin Gibson, editor Margaret Sixel, and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt. Nathan Jones and Angus Sampson are also set to reprise their Fury Road parts in the prequel. As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.
Anya Taylor-Joy Won ‘Furiosa’ Role by Reading This Iconic Monologue – Anya Taylor-Joy has been having quite the career trajectory, and it doesn’t look like it’ll slow down any time soon. While she is currently preparing for the release of Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, she has a bevy of films on her plate, including George Miller’s long-gestating Mad Max prequel Furiosa. In a new interview with Empire for their Celebration of Edgar Wright special, Miller revealed that her audition featured an intense monologue from a famous Sidney Lumet film: I said to her, ‘I’d like you to do a very simple test, which is read something to camera.’ And it was the speech from Network. The ‘I’m mad as hell’ speech. Apart from the brilliance of the writing, it’s a piece that can be done to camera. It doesn’t need an acting partner. Anya did one version, which was really good. Then I gave her just a couple of simple notes about intention and she just absolutely nailed [it]. I think it was done on an iPhone. Needless to say, Warner Bros. approved. “I sent it to the studio,” Miller continues, “I explained why I thought she was right for the role. I said I was really happy to talk about it but it was so persuasive that we didn’t need to talk. The studio said, ‘Tick.’”
While this might seem like a strange choice for an audition monologue, it makes a lot of sense. When Charlize Theron first introduced Furiosa to the screen in Mad Max: Fury Road, she gave an angry and passionate performance about a woman seeking a better life. When Howard Beale (Peter Finch) gives the iconic monologue in Network, he has been driven to the brink of insanity by his television station and their exploits. Having Taylor-Joy prove her might by reciting this particular monologue seems to be an inspired and rewarding decision.
Furiosa might still be a while away, but here’s to hoping production starts sooner than later. In the meantime, you can see Taylor-Joy next in Last Night in Soho, which will finally be released on October 22.