Mad Max: The Wasteland‘s cast is still widely undetermined, though recent developments point to Charlize Theron’s Furiosa possibly not making a comeback. The place where the sequels will be filmed might actually be Australia as well.
Yes, Fury Road was the first film in the series to not be filmed “down under,” due to the “wasteland” having been turned into a lush meadow through interference of weather. Green hills weren’t quite ripe for filming a story about a post-apocalyptic wasteland, so director George Miller had no choice but to move the filming to Africa, specifically Namibia.
One thing that won’t change in the sequel to Mad Max: Fury Road is the appearance of Max Rockatansky, played by Tom Hardy. Fan theories have debated the idea that Tom was actually playing the original Max from the first three movies. A popular one is that the feral kid from The Road Warrior had actually grown up to take over as Max, and that was the character we saw in Fury Road.
Even though the Mad Max: The Wasteland cast is still mostly unknown, George Miller debunked the fan theory, according to IGN, “That’s great … No, unfortunately but that’s a great idea. Only because at the end of Mad Max 2, it turns out the narrator is the Feral Kid as an old man, and he says, ‘He only lives now in my memories.'”
Another more possible theory previously reported by the Inquisitr is that Furiosa didn’t see her debut in Fury Road, but actually came from The Road Warrior. George Miller admitted that she was originally played by a different actress.
“Yes, you know, way back in Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, there was a female warrior woman, and she died in the final chase. She only appeared for a relatively short time, played by Virginia Hey, and I was always interested in that character.”
The possibility of Furiosa returning for the Mad Max: The Wasteland cast hasn’t been confirmed though. George Miller won’t say anything about the sequel for reasons revealed by the Daily Telegraph, “[If] I say any more about it I end up giving away spoilers and I talk around it… [I]make it worse and I get into more trouble, but there’s definitely talk about it.”
An official Mad Max: The Wasteland release date and cast are mostly still undetermined, as it seems George Miller is more likely to take his time with the next film. In fact, it might not even be called “The Wasteland.”
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“The best thing I can say is that we’re definitely in discussion about making more of these, but the timing of it, I’m really not sure,” Miller told Deadline. “Probably won’t be called Wasteland. I can say that. It was just the working title we gave it.”
For now, we have nothing else to call the sequel, which is said to be the second part of a trilogy. As for the Mad Max: The Wasteland cast, we can also say rumors that Mel Gibson might make a cameo are very unlikely. For one reason, audiences still remember his rantings where he made himself look antisemitic and racist. That leaves two demographics likely to boycott the film if Gibson is in it, even though he was the original Max.
George Miller revealed his own reason why seeing Gibson and Tom Hardy in the same Mad Max film wouldn’t work. He told Deadline that it would be like seeing Roger Moore in a Daniel Craig Bond film. It would be a surprise, but it would also take the audience out of the movie.
What do you think of the Mad Max: The Wasteland cast possibly not having Furiosa in it? And what do you think the title might actually be?
[Feature image via Warner Bros. Pictures]