First Photos From ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Are Absolutely Insane

By June 25, 2014
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I normally don’t get too excited about first look photos – especially those with Entertainment Weekly watermarks – but Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are on the cover of the new EW to promote the long-delayed Mad Max: Fury Road, and I’ve been very curious to see anything from this movie since I heard it started shooting years ago. This movie has been in development for over a decade, and following a ton of release delays after a seven month shoot in the Namibian desert, but it’s finally gearing up for a May 15th, 2015 release date. Take a look at the new photos and official synopsis below:

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Here’s the official synopsis:

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (played by TOM HARDY from The Dark Knight Rises), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And… Furiosa (played by CHARLIZE THERON from Prometheus), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Writer/director George Miller, who directed this new movie as well as all three previous entries in the franchise thus far, had some pretty exciting things to say about the project. From EW:

Tom Hardy takes over for [Mel] Gibson as the very damaged road warrior Max Rockatansky, while a shaved-headed Charlize Theron plays a bad-ass commander named Imperator Furiosa. The stars spent a harrowing seven months in the desert of Namibia to shoot the film. “It was mental in a brilliant way,” says Hardy. “You have no concrete, no coffee shops. We were in the middle of a sandpit.”

The rugged production suited Miller and his singular vision to reboot the Mad Max franchise. “I wanted to tell a linear story–a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes,” says the Australian writer-director. Fury Road features few digital effects and even less dialogue, he explains. “In this crucible of very intense action, the characters are revealed.”

A 110 minute chase film? Sounds great to me. These images certainly conjure up memories of the original movies, and I’m kind of stoked to see how Charlize utilizes that robotic arm as Furiosa.

What do you think about these new photos from Mad Max: Fury Road? Think it looks like it’ll be worth the long wait?

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