According to Anya Taylor-Joy, production on the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa is complete. Furiosa, a post-apocalyptic warrior, was originally given to life by Charlize Theron in the successful 2015 Mad Max sequel. However, Queen’s Gambit actor Taylor-Joy has been hired by Furiosa prequel director George Miller to replace Theron.
Given that the previous Mad Max film was released back in 1985, Miller’s return to the Mad Max universe with 2015’s Fury Road was of course a significant surprise in and of itself. Fury Road provided moviegoers with the pursuit movie to end all chase movies, proving that Miller was still a force to be reckoned with when it came to frantic post-apocalyptic action filmmaking. The character of Furiosa, the war rig driver with the prosthetic arm whose act of rebellion against crazy mutant overlord Immortan Joe starts the movie’s wasteland-spanning plot, is perhaps the most enduringly iconic element of Fury Road. As spectacular as the road warring action in Fury Road was, it is difficult to disagree that Furiosa is the film’s most memorable element.
The idea of revisiting the wastelands with Miller taking Furiosa along for another adventure has audiences giddy with anticipation. The film has in fact been in production for a while, and now the star Taylor-Joy has announced that production on Furiosa is complete. Taylor-Joy signs her Instagram post, which can be seen below, “Fire, Blood, and Guzzoline, Furianya”
What is Known About Furiosa, the Mad Max Prequel
Furiosa shows a younger version of the eponymous warrior who is stolen from her home in “The Green Place of Many Mothers” and ends up in the hands of the Warlord Dementus and his Biker Horde. It is set years before the events of Fury Road. Taylor-younger Joy’s version of Furiosa, who differs significantly from the bald, painted warrior portrayed by Theron in Fury Road, was visible in leaked photographs taken on the set of the prequel film. However, the images did show that Furiosa is already losing one arm at this point in the narrative.
In reality, there are two well-known antagonists in Furiosa: the aforementioned Warlord Dementus and a youthful version of Immortan Joe from Fury Road. However, it has not yet been determined whether Hemsworth would portray Joe or Dementus. It is known that the Biker Horde and Furiosa encounter Immortan Joe’s citadel at some point in the narrative, and a conflict follows. According to the official summary of the film, Furiosa must “survive numerous challenges” as the baddies battle. All of this seems to point toward Furiosa joining forces with Immortan Joe, but this is merely in preparation for her ultimate Fury Road plot to abduct Joe’s wives and escape in her war rig.