Anya Taylor-Joy is set to star in the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furious, in which she plays the title character. According to Taylor-Joy, getting to make the film was life-changing.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Joy was asked if playing Furiosa was as much fun as she thought it would be. Confirming her enjoyment, the actress said she would likely need the two full years it will take before the film’s release to process the “life-changing” experience.
“It’s going to take me two whole years before the movie comes out, before the movie even starts to process what I just left 12 days ago,” Joy said. “[Furiosa] was the most life changing experience I have ever had with such talented artists. I really felt like I grew so much, but yeah, it’s crazy. It’s completely unique.”
While not too much is known about the film which wrapped recently, Furious is being described as a standalone story that will delve into the origins of the character previously portrayed by Charlize Theron (The old guard) before they crossed paths with the mothership franchise’s eponymous anti-hero. The film will be helmed by Golden Globe winner Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit), Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Endgame), and Tom Burke (Mank). The latter replaced Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who left the project due to scheduling conflicts.
That Mad Max the prequel is written and directed by George Miller, who is co-producing the film with Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell. Miller’s Australian-based Kennedy Miller Mitchell banner is also attached to produce.
Although the film had a poor box office gross of over $370 million worldwide, Mad Max: Fury Road was a critical success, with critics praising its cinematography, production design, and the performances of Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, who both struggled during filming. It also won six Academy Awards out of 10 nominations, including Best Production Design, Best Film Editing and Best Costume Design.