“Mad Max: Fury Road” made the hearts of moviegoers roar in the mid-2010s. A great raging movie in which Charlize Theron steals the show from Tom Hardy. Originally, George Miller was interested in two other Hollywood stars for lead roles.
The vigorous return of Mad Max in 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road was a meteorite that crashed on the cinema planet in 2015. George Miller revived the famous post-apocalyptic universe for a new opus without Mel Gibson. A choice that could question us on paper, as the actor has embodied this cult character of cinema to perfection.
The film begins with a solitary Max who is captured by the henchmen of the terrible Immortan Joe. Taking advantage of a revolt of women who were controlled by the tyrant, our hero finds himself embarked on a mad pursuit through desolate landscapes. At the head of this clan of rebellious women is the charismatic Imperator Furiosa, whom Max will learn to discover. The part of the road traveled together by all the characters gives rise to a magical moment of cinema, where the staging of George Miller shines with a thousand lights.
For those who want an extra dose, the director is preparing a prequel that will dwell on Furiosa’s past. A project that we await with some impatience and for which a beautiful cast has been assembled (Anna Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).
Fury Road could have had other stars in the cast
Before thinking about this film which will be released on June 23, 2023let’s go back to Fury Road. The book Blood, Sweat, and Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road by Kyle Buchanan which is due out at the end of the month contains a rather surprising anecdote. We learn that the two main actors envisaged by George Miller were not Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. It is the Brad Pitt / Angelina Jolie tandem that he would have liked to have under his direction.
At that time, the two stars were still together, it was only the year after the release of Fury Road the divorce has taken place. Two such big celebrities would have been a hell of a selling point, but there are doubts about the credibility of Brad Pitt. Tom Hardy possesses bestiality that suits Max better. For Angelina Jolie, the choice does not seem funny, even if Charlize Theron is imperial in the role.