Mad Max: Fury Road finally starts rollin’
This news is so hot that it was actually reported tomorrow in Australia ( see?), although it was also covered yesterday elsewhere, but anyway—principal photography has finally started on Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller’s first new entry in the franchise that he almost ruined in 1985 with Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
Actually, photography began last month in Namibia after lots of delays (monsoons in the suddenly verdant desert region of New South Wales, for one thing), with Tom Hardy assuming the role of Max Rockatansky and Charlize Theron playing somebody called Imperator Furiosa. It’s also nice to see Hugh Keays-Byrne in the cast—he played Toecutter in the 1979 original.
According to Miller, who’s finally stopped making movies about pigs and penguins (unless there happens to be a bunch of pigs and penguins in Mad Max: Fury Road), our favourite post-oil vigilante is “caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived."
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