Warner Bros. announced today that Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II have been cast in Furiosa, writer/director George Miller’s follow-up to his 2015 Oscar-winning Mad Max: Fury Road, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The highly-anticipated film will focus on the origin story of Furiosa, the iconic character played by Charlize Theron in Miller’s post-apocalyptic masterpiece. Theron admitted she’s heartbroken to not be a part of the project, but Miller admitted that the de-aging technology that would be needed to make Theron look younger, used most recently in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, was not quite ready to tackle something as big as this.
The casting of Furiosa has been a hot topic in Hollywood, with many actresses reportedly vying for the role, including Emmy winner Jodie Comer. But it was English-Argentinian actress Anya Josephine Taylor-Joy who convinced Miller that she was the one to best fill Furiosa’s boots. Taylor-Joy most recently starred as the titular character in the indie hit Emma earlier this year, as well as co-starred in The New Mutants and has a recurring role in the BBC gangster epic series Peaky Blinders.
It is not clear what roles Hemsworth or Abdul-Mateen II will play in the film, but with Hemsworth’s movie star popularity and Abdul-Mateen II’s red-hot career at the moment (having recently starred in HBO’s Watchmen and Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming The Trial of the Chicago 7), their roles will likely be significant.
But all eyes will be on Taylor-Joy in Furiosa, to see if she can live up to the expectations that fans and critics alike have for this character, who has become one of the most iconic female movie roles of the past 20 years.