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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga: Release date, cast, plot as first trailer is released

George Miller returns to his gasoline-fuelled dystopia for one more ride…

Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa stands in the middle of a road with dirt across her face.
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, is coming to cinemas in 2024. (Warner Bros.)

Stock up on guzzoline because filmmaker George Miller is inviting us back into his dust-flecked dystopia for the prequel story Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - oh what a glorious day!

Set before the events of 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller’s latest entry into the Mad Max story acts as both a prequel and a spin-off from the primary storyline, marking Miller’s fifth Mad Max film so far.

Miller first revved the franchise to life in 1979, with Mel Gibson in the leading role. Together, they took us to a dying landscape that had fallen victim to a breakdown of society known as ‘the collapse’ leaving survivors forced to battle deranged warlords for simple resources like water and gasoline in an arid wasteland.

Releasing three films with Gibson, Millar rebooted the story 30 years later with Tom Hardy inheriting the role of Max and Oscar winner Charlize Theron as battle-hardened heroine Furiosa.

However, it’s the latter that takes the lead in this new instalment.

Read on for everything we need to know about Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga…


When is Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga coming to cinemas?

A poster for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Chris Hemsworth and Anya Taylor-Joy star in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (Warner Bros.)

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga will be released exclusively in cinemas on Friday, 24 May, 2024.


Is there a trailer for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga?

Yes. The first trailer for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga sped online on 1 December, 2023 and wasted no time bringing us up to speed with all the key details of Miller’s new story.

Explained via a Star Wars-esque narrative crawl, the movie’s first teaser told us how a young Furiosa was snatched from her home as a child and proceeded to spend the rest of her days trying to find her way back to her family.

Chris Hemsworth as Dementus wearing goggles standing with his arms out in a red-tinged background.
Chris Hemsworth plays Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. (Warner Bros.)

However, by the looks of it, it’s far from an easy task with our young hero forced to cross paths with warlords, biker gangs and some familiar (masked) faces.


What is the plot of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga?

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, is coming to cinemas in 2024. (Warner Bros.)
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, is coming to cinemas in 2024. (Warner Bros.)

Set 45 years before ‘the collapse’ which left society to fend for itself, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga aims to fill in the gaps on how Furiosa became a big enough badass to give the franchise’s leading man a run for his money.

According to the film’s official synopsis, “As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus.

“Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.”

Chris Hemsworth as Dementus standing in front of a cage.
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is set 45 years before Fury Road. (Warner Bros.)

Interestingly, the chronology of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and the arrival of ‘the collapse’ (which happened in the film series between the events of Mad Max and Mad max 2) would place Max at around 80 years of age in Mad Max: Fury Road. If that’s true, he must have stocked up on a lot of moisturiser before society collapsed.

In fact, the whole chronology of Max and his appearance in Miller’s series has perplexed viewers so much, it has inspired its own Reddit thread dedicated to getting to the bottom of the whole Mad Max timeline.


Who is starring in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga?

Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa wiping oil across her forehead.
Anya Taylor-Joy inherits Furiosa from Charlize Theron. (Warner Bros.)

The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy inherits Furiosa’s bionic arm from Theron, who first brought the character to life in 2015’s Fury Road.

She’ll be joined by Thor’s Chris Hemsworth as Dementus, a warlord that the star has described as "a very violent, insane, brutal person that is born from the Wasteland."

The movie will also feature child actor Alyla Browne who worked on Millar’s recent feature Three Thousand Years of Longing, and The Wonder and Living actor Tom Burke, both in as-yet-undisclosed roles.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, is coming to cinemas in 2024. (Warner Bros.)
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, is coming to cinemas in 2024. (Warner Bros.)

The trailer also gave us our first look at a young version of villain Immortan Joe who was played by the late Hugh Keays-Byrne in Fury Road.

The film will also include appearances from Angus Sampson as The Organic Mechanic, Daniel Webber as War Boy and Australian athlete and actor Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus.

It's currently unclear whether Hardy's Mad Max — or a younger version of the character — will appear in the movie.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about her role in the movie, Taylor-Joy admitted: "It will probably take me the two years before it comes out to be able to digest what happened… I just finished it, so it's a bit: wow.

"Life-changing. Longest shoot I've ever done, for sure, but with the most unbelievable crew, and I mean, what a character. I had her. We had each other."

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga will be released theatrically on Friday, 24 May 2024.


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