Of Course Charlize Theron Would Love to Do Another ‘Mad Max’ Movie Because She’s Awesome

It almost goes without saying that Charlize Theron, who played Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road would like to have another crack at the character in a prequel to 2015 action hit. This doesn’t seem like a particularly odd thing to say considering that Fury Road was a masterpiece and Theron’s Furiosa was such a great character that she overshadowed Tom Hardy’s performance as the titular Max Rockatansky. Which might be why she said it in an interview with Variety while doing press for her new film Atomic Blonde.

Theron’s musings may be more than idle banter, however, as George Miller had already written a prequel script entitled Mad Max: Furiosa during the nearly twenty years it took him to get Fury Road out of development and onto the big screen.

In the course of her interview, Theron also gave a very interesting look behind the scenes at how Miller’s aesthetics for the film evolved:

“Originally, [George] liked this idea that even though they were in the desert, something happened and people actually turned albino,” Theron says. “They became these white ghosts. I had this white hair, kind of like Abbey Lee [Kershaw’s] character. It was very much like that: blonde, bleached, very pale skin, no eyebrows. We played around with African war paint. It would have been a completely different film.”

Miller has apparently also written another script tentatively titled Mad Max: Wasteland that would focus on Max and his actions before Fury Road, presumably serving as a bridge between the new film and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

As much as I loved Fury Road and stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, there’s a part of me that wants to see Mel Gibson return to the role of Max Rockatansky that he originated in 1979. After the success of Logan earlier this year, the idea of an insane older Max wandering around the desert ranting about the Jews has a certain appeal, particularly if it’s accompanied by the impenetrably thick Aussie accents of the original films.

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