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Will ‘Furiosa’ End the ‘Mad Max’ Saga? George Miller spills (spoilers)

By Vaseline May27,2024


Spoiler alert! We discuss major plot points and the ending of “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” (in theaters now) with franchise creator and director George Miller. If you’re completely new to its mechanized apocalyptic world, drive on.

As we near the end of ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,’ the fifth installment in George Miller’s epic, 45-year dystopian saga, our heroine Furiosa (Anya Taylor-Joy) has finally met her aptly named nemesis Dr. Dementus (Chris Hemsworth) in a clinical manner with cold eyes.

So what now? Well, since “Furiosa” is a prequel, Miller’s 2015 gonzo-fest is in the wasteland, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which is just around the bend. That film starred Charlize Theron as an adult Furiosa who works for Immortan Joe, the cruel leader of the Citadel and his War Boys.

In the conclusion of “Fury Road”, Imperator Furiosa teams up with “Mad Max” Rockatansky, the desperate ex-cop we met in 1979’s “Mad Max”, who is still haunted by the murder of his family. With Max’s help, Furiosa kills her fiendish guardian Joe while trying to save the few women left of her Vuvalini tribe, who once hailed from the Edenic Green Place that is now just part of a futuristic Australian wasteland.

Does that mean this is it for ‘Mad Max’, who doesn’t even appear in ‘Furiosa’? Don’t bet on it. Miller, 79, offers us some ‘Furiosa’ insights and hints about what’s ahead.

Why choose ‘Queen’s Gambit’ star Anya Taylor-Joy to play young Furiosa?

Taylor-Joy captivated audiences as the chess player in the 2020 Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit.” But Miller says he was fascinated by her long before that. “I’d seen her in a few things, and there was something mysterious and timeless about her,” he says. ‘She’s royal. She reminded me of how I felt about Charlize.”

Miller even says he considered making “Furiosa” with Theron and the digital aging process that had a mixed effect on Harrison Ford in the final episode of “Indiana Jones.” “But that technology is still not completely convincing, and I was afraid that the audience would look at that more than the performance,” he says.

What Taylor-Joy brings to the character in “Furiosa” is a visual intensity anchored in her piercing eyes. Her lines of dialogue are few. Miller says that this fits in nicely with his long-standing passion for silent films, which derive their power from visuals and performance. “Her eyes said so much,” he says.

Why Does Chris Hemsworth Wear a Prosthetic Nasal in ‘Furiosa’?

Hemsworth, also known as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, grew up in Australia and longed to appear in one of Miller’s action extravaganzas. When it came time for Hemsworth to play Furiosa’s father figure by forcibly becoming an evil enemy, Miller thought it would be a good idea to perhaps take the handsome edge off his muscular co-star.

Then sketches of Dr. Dementus were presented to Hemsworth, the character was distinguished by a honking aquiline nose “like you would see in the Roman Empire, since Dementus has that imperious look,” says Miller. Fortunately, Hemsworth wasn’t put off by the beak, but embraced it and added other features.

“Chris also changed his teeth, he had veneers put on them, and he also changed his eyes,” Miller says. “That can now be done digitally, of course, adding color, it’s cheap and easy. But he decided to wear contact lenses instead. They worked almost like sunglasses, meaning he didn’t have to worry about squinting and squinting in the bright sun on location. maybe change the feel of the scene.”

Will George Miller deliver another ‘Mad Max’ movie?

Miller says he “never imagined” that when he started the Mad Max series in 1979, he would make another related film, let alone four more. In fact, the futuristic setting that has proven so enduring and compelling—and now serves as a cautionary tale of environmental collapse—was unplanned.

“We couldn’t afford to close streets or rent buildings or hire extras in the first film, so we had to shift the setting from modern Melbourne to the future, and film in abandoned buildings and in the desert,” he says. laughing. “But that allowed us to be allegorical and universal, and it came about solely out of necessity. That was a happy coincidence.”

Will Max come back? Miller just smiles. “As for where we’re going, there’s a story about Max the year before we meet him in ‘Fury Road’ that we still have. I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s the story we call ‘Max’ in ‘Fury Road’. the Wasteland’, and it looks at what forges him as a character.

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