A new Mad Max spin-off movie centring on Furiosa is officially moving forward at Warner Bros, with The New Mutants star Anya Taylor-Joy set to take on the starring role.
The standalone movie will explore the origins and backstory of renegade Imperator Furiosa, who was played by Charlize Theron in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road, and will track the genesis of Furiosa before she teamed up with Max Rockatansky.
Taylor-Joy had previously been rumoured for the part, and Deadline has now reported that the actress will lead a cast that will also feature Marvel's Chris Hemsworth and Watchmen actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
According to the publication, the standalone Mad Max film is in "advanced development" at Warner Bros, and is said to be titled Furiosa.
Taylor-Joy, who has also starred in Emma and M Night Shyamalan thrillers Split and Glass, will star as Furiosa, while Thor and Avengers actor Hemsworth and Emmy-winning Aquaman and The Trial of the Chicago 7 star Abdul-Mateen II have been cast in currently unspecified roles.
The actress also appeared to confirm the news of her latest project on her Instagram page, sharing a screenshot of an article about the announcement along with the hashtag: "#FURIOSA."
Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller will return to direct, co-write and produce the movie alongside his producing partner Doug Mitchell, with many more of the creative team who worked on Fury Road also set to return.
Miller had previously suggested that a Furiosa movie was on the way, saying in 2019 that "two stories, both involving Mad Max, and also a Furiosa story" were being planned.
"We're still solving, we've got to play out the Warners [Bros] thing, it seems to be pretty clear that it's going to happen," he said at the time.
There are currently no details about a release date for Furiosa.
Mad Max: Fury Road is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
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