Furiosa: a Mad Maxican Prequel

Before she was Imperator Furiosa, she was a post-apocalyptic, motorcycle-riding badass with two arms.
December 1, 2023  
Categories: Lifestyle

Furiosa is a Max Maxican prequel to the previous movie Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s doubtful that Max Rockatansky will make a direct contemporary appearance in the movie, though it’s possible he will be involved in setting up the retrospective. Note; Max Rockatansky is the Mad Max character’s real name. He was iconically played as the original Road Warrior by Mel Gibson in the first movies of the Mad Max franchise and later by Tom Hardy. 

Anya Taylor-Joy as Imperator Furiosa

Anya Taylor-Joy as Imperator Furiosa.


The movie will take place 45 years after the collapse of civilization, focusing on a young Imperator Furiosa. Taken against her will from the Green Place of Many Mothers, she becomes a key player in the middle of a fight between two villainous post-apocalyptic warlords. One of those is a young Immortan Joe. 

Dementus and Immortan Joe face off.

Dementus and Immortan Joe face off.




Furiosa: Things to Know

Cast of Furiosa and more.

  • Anya Taylor Joy portrays a younger version of Imperator Furiosa, the female protagonist of Fury Road, previously played by Charlize Theron.
  • Chris Hemsworth will be playing a new villain, the Warlord Dementus.
  • We’re not sure who will be playing Immortan Joe in Furiosa, but our bet is on Lachy Hulme. Whoever it is will be portraying an earlier version of the villain (aka Col. Joseph Moore) played by the late Hugh Keays-Byrne. 
  • Australian actor and power-lifting champion Nathan Jones reprises the role of Rictus Erectus (you may remember Jones’s death at the hands of Brad Pitt’s Achilles early in the movie Troy). 
Furiosa is a prequel to Mad Max Fury Road. It tells the tale of the earliest days of a young Imperator Furiosa (Anya Taylor-Joy), Immortan Joe, and a new villain: a warlord named Dementus.

Furiosa is a Mad Max prequel to Fury Road. It tells the tale of the earliest days of a young Imperator Furiosa (Anya Taylor-Joy), Immortan Joe, and an evil warlord named Dementus (Chris Hemsworth). She’s seen here using a sort of harpoon gun mounted to the back of a tanker truck – perhaps setting up her eventual assignment to the “war rig.” 

  • Angus Sampson will once again play the role of The Organic Mechanic.
  • We don’t know yet how Furiosa lost her arm, but it looks like it happens during the timeline of this movie. That’ll likely be a big part of her character development. 
  • Tom Burke replaced Yahya Abdul Mateen II in an as-yet-unknown role. 
  • Nick Lathouris co-wrote the movie with Director George Miller. 
  • Nicholas Hoult (the War Boy character, Nux, from Fury Road) will not be in the movie; his character is too young. 
  • There will be other War Boys, including one played by Daniel Weber. That fighting institution has apparently been around for a while.
  • Quaden Bayles, a young actor who suffers from Achondroplasia, will appear in an unknown role.


Chris Hemsworth doesn't look like himself at all in FURIOSA. He plays the role of a warlord named Dementus.

Chris Hemsworth doesn’t look like himself at all in the upcoming Mad Max movie. He plays the role of the Warlord Dementus


Furiosa Trailer

The “official” film description of the Furiosa movie reads as follows:

Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth star in Academy Award-winning mastermind George Miller’s “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” the much-anticipated return to the iconic dystopian world he created more than 30 years ago with the seminal “Mad Max” films. Miller now turns the page again with an all-new original, standalone action adventure that will reveal the origins of the powerhouse character from the multiple Oscar-winning global smash “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The new feature from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures is produced by Miller and his longtime partner, Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Babe”), under their Australian-based Kennedy Miller Mitchell banner.

As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.

Taylor-Joy stars in the title role, and along with Hemsworth, the film also stars Alyla Browne and Tom Burke.

Miller penned the script with “Mad Max: Fury Road” co-writer Nico Lathouris. Miller’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes first assistant director PJ Voeten and second unit director and stunt coordinator Guy Norris, director of photography Simon Duggan (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “The Great Gatsby”), composer Tom Holkenborg, sound designer Robert Mackenzie, editor Eliot Knapman, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and colorist Eric Whipp. The team also includes other longtime collaborators: production designer Colin Gibson, film editor Margaret Sixel, sound mixer Ben Osmo, costume designer Jenny Beavan and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt, each of whom won an Oscar for their work on “Mad Max: Fury Road.”  

Information about Prequel Furiosa comes in part from Warner Bros Pictures.


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1 Comment

  1. David K

    Not super excited for it, didn’t really need her back story. Looks fun but something about the visuals it looks off. Almost too pretty. Can’t quite put my finger on it.
    Still if it is half a fun as Fury Road then it will be better than most films from the last couple of years.

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