First Furiosa Trailer Reactions Are Shiny and Chrome

After years of development, George Miller’s Mad: Max Fury Road prequel is almost here, and folks cannot get enough of Furiosa.

Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

George Miller wrote down the saga of Furiosa, the greatest survivor of his twisted vision of the apocalypse, more than 20 years ago. And now after concluding her story—at least for the time being—he is going back to its beginning with Furiosa, one of the most anticipated blockbuster epics of 2024. And at last it has a trailer. Oh, what a day, what a lovely day!

Filmed over six months last year, and across vast stretches of Australian deserts and outback, Furiosa (as the trailer will explain in all caps) is set 45 years after “the collapse” that precipitated the events of the Mad Max films. Here we will follow a young child who is stolen from the Green Place of Many Mothers and how she rebuilds her body and soul into a legendary driver of the Citadel, and one of the Wasteland’s fiercest warriors. The film also amounts to a bold swing for Miller who after casting Charlize Theron into an unforgettable performance as Furiosa has now recast the role with Anya Taylor-Joy playing her as a young woman. The film also stars Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and at least judging by the early social media reactions folks are still so blown away by the 78 year old(!) filmmaker’s vision, and the cast he’s assembled, that Furiosa appears already well down the road to reaching Valhalla. But you can also watch the sizzle for yourself below and decide if it is shiny and chrome.

Many folks were just blown away by the sheer operatic spectacle of Miller’s vision which looks as grand as Fury Road did way back in 2015.

Others seemed just happy to praise Taylor-Joy for bringing her own distinct presence and charisma to what is already an iconic role. The same with Hemsworth looking almost incomprehensible.

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Some pointed out how despite occurring under dubious circumstances, next spring offers three action movie epics from several of the best auteurs working today.

Perhaps the most interesting reaction we saw, however, was from New York Times journalist Kyle Buchanan whose upcoming book, Blood, Sweat & Chrome, is about the making of Mad Max: Fury Road. And in a few chestnuts he shared from the book, we learn that Miller used scenes from his Furiosa script to audition Tom Hardy (among others) for the role of Max, as well as of course Furiosa, and those that have read both screenplays say Furiosa might be stronger:

Furiosa arrives in cinemas on May 24, 2024.