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First Look At Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron Together In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

by Edward Davis
June 25, 2014 12:32 PM
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Mad Max: Fury Road, EW

“He’s a rebooted Mad Max, but it’s a new interpretation.” George Miller told us in 2011 about Tom Hardy playing the new anti-hero maverick of the wasteland. “We made it very clear from the outset that it would be crazy to try to impersonate what Mel Gibson had done, but Tom [like] Mel and Heath Ledger; these guys all have very similar kind of maleness, I find. I don’t know, they somehow remind me of big cats—they’re mesmerizing to look and be with, but you don’t know what they’re going to do at any moment.”

And yes, that was a long time ago, but in that same interview Miller told us the story for "Mad Max: Fury Road" was essentially the same core story he came up with in 2003 (when a proper "Mad Max 4" almost shot). It's been a long and winding road for the film, conceived as a new trilogy and franchise, with the film receiving its 2015 release date, three years after it started shooting. It's a production that's almost been veiled in secrecy and for something that shot almost several years ago, it's almost shocking how few elements or even story bits have been revealed (and that's possibly because the production started with drama, evidently a lot bigger drama that was reported too, fyi).

Either way, a new, pretty badass image of Hardy as Mad Max alongside a head shaven Charlize Theron has emerged thanks to EW. And Miller is promising nothing short of a white knuckle ride. “I wanted to tell a linear story–a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes,” he said, with the movie apparently featuring very little digital effects and minimal dialogue. “In this crucible of very intense action, the characters are revealed.” A tricky act to pull off, but we dig the ambition.

Co-starring Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley "Mad Max: Fury Road" is due in theaters May 15, 2015. More photos from EW have hit too, plus  anew longform 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.

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  • Gabe Horne | July 21, 2014 10:13 AMReply

    I would have preferred Sam Worthington as the lead.

    I also expect some continuity with the orginal films. Flashbacks to the first film would be enough.

  • Dan | June 29, 2014 8:33 AMReply

    Just bring back the falcon coupe that is mad max from the start

  • Cj | June 28, 2014 4:13 AMReply

    I hope we see the return of an older metal boomerang thrower that re-appeared through out movies 2 and 3 that saved his backside.

  • Peter | June 28, 2014 1:23 AMReply

    No. Just no.

  • TreyMarc | June 26, 2014 9:30 PMReply


  • Gordon Shumway | June 26, 2014 9:24 PMReply

    Mad Max = loner = no need for a female co-star. No matter how hot she is.

  • Joanne Gura | June 26, 2014 6:51 PMReply

    My favorite Max is the first real Max when he discovers his life is still going on with pain and love...please don't ever take that Max away..

  • Kris | June 26, 2014 6:05 PMReply

    It's the Road Warrior + Beyond Thunderdome, apparently.

  • yancy | June 26, 2014 4:35 PMReply

    I'm not going to see this. Mel is not in it.

  • Yancy | June 26, 2014 5:51 PM

    Mel is 58. I know men that are over 70 that are in better shape than the youngster is. I know people in their 90's that are very active. You've insulted all the older folks so i guess you should be apologizing? LOL!!

  • jim | June 26, 2014 5:04 PM

    You realize he's like 70 now, yeah? Doubt you're gonna see him in much action, and especially so given his nighttime activities of lat.

  • Alex | June 26, 2014 12:45 PMReply

    You sure this isn't Boarderlands 3!?

  • Charlzm | June 26, 2014 11:41 AMReply

    Slightly off-topic - does anyone else LOATHE the little "funny" comments that have started popping up on pictures at EW? I just noticed them a few weeks ago. In the cover above, it's the little comment "farewell to arm" pointing at Charlize Theron.

    Please, EW, leave the snark to gossip rags and the Bullseye page.

  • mike | June 26, 2014 8:44 AMReply

    Is the "Screw Loose" (the silent, reclusive kid from MM3- Beyond Thunderdome) in the 3d pic?

  • jason north | June 26, 2014 5:39 PM

    i think that's Nik Hoults character

  • Mike | June 26, 2014 8:44 AM

    'that' not 'the'.

  • Amanda | June 26, 2014 8:15 AMReply

    Anything with Tom Hardy is good, watch his other work and you'll all have faith in this one. I think it looks awesome!!

  • That Hair Though | June 26, 2014 7:04 AMReply

    Why put Charlize Theron in a movie and shave her head? If she's not hot, I'm not interested.

  • Kutulhu | June 26, 2014 9:04 PM

    Maybe because she is an actor first, and your jerk off material second?

  • Chris | June 26, 2014 5:20 AMReply

    Image looks good to me. The two leads are terrific actors so i'm stoked to see what they achieved with their roles. At least George Miller was there to direct this film.

  • magisterphillip | June 25, 2014 8:53 PMReply

    Utter Fail.

  • badass sick cosplayer | June 25, 2014 8:06 PMReply

    Victard did you get anal rapu at a anime convention?

  • avnrulz | June 25, 2014 7:07 PMReply

    1.) The images above look like a 're-do' of MM:TRW, with the bodies on the vehicles, etc.
    2.) I lost a lot of 'faith' in the franchise when they included the same actor who portrayed 'The Auto-Gyro Captain', but didn't make him the same character, in 'MM:BT' (Bruce Spence).

  • John | June 25, 2014 6:24 PMReply

    I have no problem with someone else playing Max, but they could have made it about the young ferel kid from Road Warrior

  • Charlzm | June 26, 2014 11:43 AM

    Pretty sure this movie takes place between MMI and TRW, so Feral Kid would be younger here than in TRW.

  • John | June 25, 2014 6:25 PM

    I mean him all grown up

  • Deanzie | June 25, 2014 5:17 PMReply

    What a poorly worded article. It's hard to take you and your opinion seriously when it reads as thought it were written by a child. You used "almost" 4 times in one paragraph. Please try to use a thesaurus as to avoid this happening again.

  • Max | June 25, 2014 6:01 PM

    You might want to check your spelling, especially when you're ridiculing other people about poorly written work.

  • Ralph | June 25, 2014 5:49 PM

    Could you be more of a cunt? I doubt it.

  • Pickel | June 25, 2014 5:05 PMReply

    At last it is going to happen! I'm curious to see what this will bring us. Great image i must say.

  • VictorD | June 25, 2014 4:56 PMReply

    Should have had Mel Gibson as Max or no sequels. This is only appealing to the people who cosplay and frequently uses the words "sick" and "badass".

  • Ike | June 25, 2014 8:43 PM

    I will never pay to see another film with that bigot and abuser in it. Mel is over and done with, and Gary Oldman is getting a strong side eye as well.

    That said, I don't think this film was necessary and I won't be seeing it, either.

  • avnrulz | June 25, 2014 7:21 PM

    'Max', it isn't a prequel, even 'somewhat of a prequel', as Max's (being bronze, civilization collapsing, his wife and son dying) story is told completely in the first film. At best, it is simply a rehash, or reboot, or a rewrite.

  • Max | June 25, 2014 6:03 PM

    Being that it's somewhat of a prequel, I don't have a problem with them casting someone younger as Max. There are a great number of characters played by a variety of actors. Look at Bond. I don't have a problem with this at all, especially with Miller himself at the helm. I like Gibson, but I'm also a fan of Hardy's.

  • deanzie | June 25, 2014 5:21 PM

    So there should not have been any more Batman films without Michael Keaton? You're saying that without the original cast, there can be no sequels or re-boots? That's just silly. This movie will be a success and make millions of dollars with or without you. They do not need your $10. Clearly, they know more than you do about making films and will continue to do so without your input. Get a clue.

  • VictorD | June 25, 2014 5:10 PM

    Being called a loser by someone upset about someone's opinion. LOL!

  • Brian | June 25, 2014 5:02 PM

    Thanks for the input loser.

  • ROBERT MCCORMICK | June 25, 2014 4:45 PMReply


  • Rod | June 25, 2014 2:18 PMReply

    i see no reason to reboot. simply tell the story of other characters. for my part, i fail to find the appeal of reboots. the mad max world is so full of interesting characters, why retell the story of an already established character? well, i guess money's the root of all reboots...

  • Rod | June 26, 2014 11:50 AM


    you had me at inbetweenquel. lol

    either way, hope it's good film. miller's recent fare hasn't been all that inspiring and a series of pics from a magazine doesn't make a coherent film.

  • Charlzm | June 26, 2014 11:45 AM

    If I recall correctly, this movie takes place between MM and TRW, so it's an inbetweenquel.

  • rotch | June 25, 2014 5:19 PM

    I honestly don't care if it's a sequel, a reboot or a reinterpretation. It's a George Miller Mad Max movie!

  • Giest | June 25, 2014 4:56 PM

    It's not a Sequel, it is a "New Interpretation" also known as "Re imagined".

    The very definition of Reboot.

  • Maggie | June 25, 2014 4:39 PM

    It's not a reboot, it's a sequel.

  • Guy | June 25, 2014 2:14 PMReply

    I need this..

  • Gwendy | June 25, 2014 1:53 PMReply

    Both totally badass. I cant wait this long :(

  • Christian | June 25, 2014 1:05 PMReply

    This is what i LIKE! It can't come soon enough for me.

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