Although he is a fantastic actor, Chris Hemsworth felt insecure during development furiosasince it took him a long time to figure out how to play his crazy max villain. On the latest episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Hemsworth opened up about the prequel spinoff of Mad Max: Fury Roadfree director George Mueller‘s script was the best he’s ever read.
Created by Miller in the late 70’s that crazy max The universe spawned three successful films with leading actors Mel Gibson in the title role before being dormant for nearly three decades. Then, in 2015, Miller took us back to the desert wastelands of his post-apocalyptic world rage street, arguably the best franchise film to date. When admitting Tom Hardy to play a new version of the iconic character, rage street introduced Charlize Theron as Furiosa, a one-armed badass warrior who quickly became a fan favorite. It wasn’t long before Miller announced he was developing a Furiosa-focused prequel Anya Taylor Joy Adopted as a younger version of the character.
Although we don’t know much about it furiosa‘s plot yet, Hemsworth plays a villain in the prequel, which is another reason to check out the film. Although Hemsworth has a wide acting range, he is usually cast in heroic roles furiosa will allow him to explore a side of acting that he is not so used to visiting. In addition, the villain Miller wrote for him furiosa is a complex and layered character that Hemsworth says was difficult to crack. As the actor explains:
‘I just finished shooting’furiosa’ with George Miller it’s part of the ‘Crazy Max’ Saga, and often I get a script and I know from the first reading, from the second reading I know who the character is. I immediately get some kind of visceral feeling associated with it – “Okay, I’ve got it.” I read that two years before we started filming and was impressed by the script. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read, I love George Miller but I didn’t know who this character was. We rehearsed for about four weeks and we started digging in and diving in and things started coming to me. And about 2 weeks before shooting, it clicked. I said, ‘Oh, I think I know who it is, and that’s how it moves.'”
That sounds like a lot of work, and it’s easy to see how concerned Hemsworth was throughout the process. In his words: “In preparation, and I’m talking about a couple of years, I was terrified. I’m like, ‘I’m going to derail one of the most iconic franchises. I will bring down crazy max.’” The lesson here is that if even someone as talented and successful as Hemsworth can feel insecure, so can we mere mortals.
Who else is there? furiosa?
In addition to Hemsworth and Taylor-Joy, Furiosa also added tom burke to be cast in an unknown role. After working in all four previous ones crazy max Movies, George Miller is back directing furiosa from a screenplay he co-wrote Nico Lathouris. Also, the return of the Oscar-winning crew of rage street are production designers Colin Gibsoneditor Margaret Sixel, and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt. Nathan Jones and Angus Samson are also set to repeat their rage street parts in the prequel.
furiosa is expected to hit theaters on May 24, 2024. Watch Hemsworth’s full Happy Sad Confused interview and film synopsis below.
When the world ended, young Furiosa was kidnapped from the Green Place of Many Mothers and fell into the hands of a large horde of bikers led by Warlord Dementus. As they sweep through the wasteland, they come across the Citadel, presided over by The Immortan Joe. As the two tyrants battle for supremacy, Furiosa must face many trials while assembling the means to find her way home.