There’s a late casting change for George Miller’s Furiosa

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A casting switch in the long-mooted Mad Max spin-off film Furiosa gives Tom Burke his first major studio role.

We’ve heard plenty of talk about George Miller’s spin-off prequel to his anarchic 2015 masterpiece – Mad Max: Fury Road – over the last few years. That’s whether it’s Miller himself discussing what the project will look like, or Charlize Theron (who played Imperator Furiosa in the film) expressing sadness that she won’t be returning to play a younger version of herself

Interest in the movie has continued to bubble, despite Miller had to clear up a long-standing courtroom issue with Warner Bros following the production of Fury Road. Coronavirus has of course played its part too, delaying the filming of Miller’s previous project, the Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton-headlined Three Thousand Years Of Longing, which still hasn’t gained an official release date yet, even though Furiosa has (despite in being several years away).

Casting for Furiosa is also looking exciting, with the younger incarnation of Furiosa being played by Anya Taylor-Joy, who has recently worked with Edgar Wright on his upcoming film, Last Night In Soho. Chris Hemsworth has also been cast whilst Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, star of Candyman and HBO’s Watchmen series, was previously announced, but has had to leave the film for a ‘passion project’ that has moved up its scheduling.

The actor has been replaced by Tom Burke, star of the upcoming True Things and 2020’s The Show, directed by Mitch Jenkins and written by Alan Moore, in which Burke starred in the lead role. He also portrayed Orson Welles in 2020’s Mank, directed by David Fincher.

Those who have seen the script (which was written before Fury Road was even filmed) have expressed major excitement about seeing it realised on-screen and as far as we know, the film is still set to arrive via Warner Bros on May 27, 2024. More news on this one as we have it.


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