It’s no secret that the COVID-19 crisis has caused temporary setbacks for films currently in production and slated for release. “A Quiet Place Part II,” “Mulan,” and “Black Widow“ are delayed indefinitely, and production has halted on “Mission: Impossible 7,” “The Batman,” “The Matrix 4,” and many others. While the ramifications of these setbacks will be felt for months and years to come, the downtime may allow creatives the opportunity needed to get the ball rolling on previously announced projects. Such is the case with George Miller.
According to Variety, director George Miller is using this time to meet with actors and actresses for his long-awaited and highly anticipated “Mad Max: Fury Road” spin-off “Furiosa.” The report claims that Miller has been holding Skype auditions with names such as Anya Taylor-Joy in hopes to begin principal photography in 2021.
Rumblings of a “Furiosa” spin-off have come and gone for some time, and while Miller himself announced that the project was in development, there hasn’t been any update on it until now. The film will be a prequel and recount the early days of young Furiosa in the wasteland. Naturally, Charlize Theron will not reprise her beloved “Fury Road” role, leaving the driver’s seat wide open. Whether Joy fills, that role remains to be seen.
Anya Taylor-Joy is one of the biggest up and coming actresses working today. Her breakout role was in Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” and has subsequently earned leading roles in films such as “Thoroughbreds,” M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” and “Glass,” “Emma“ (now available to rent on VOD), and the 20th Century Fox’s elusive “The New Mutants.”
Not much else is known about Miller’s “Mad Max” project, but it’s encouraging to finally see the cogs moving on a follow up to arguably 2010s most definitive action movie.