‘Furiosa’: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Set For ‘Fury Road’ Prequel

It’s been years of speculating, but you know that Mad Max: Fury Road prequel George Miller has been teasing? It’s officially happening, and Anya Taylor-Joy is indeed playing the younger version of the breakout character made popular by Charlize Theron. However, she’s far from alone.

Along with Taylor-Joy, the cast for Furiosa includes some guy named Chris Hemsworth, and Watchmen and Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Damn.

As for story details, those are being kept under wraps, but the film is expected to delve into the early years of Furiosa and how she became the badass war captain for Immortan Joe before striking out on her own.

Miller will direct and co-write the script with Nick Lathouris.

This Hemsworth guy apparently played Thor or something like that. He also starred in Extraction, one of the most-watched films Netflix has this year. Abdul-Mateen can be seen right now in The Trial of the Chicago 7, and has a role in The Matrix 4 coming up. He’s quickly becoming a very big deal.

Locking in Taylor-Joy to play Furiosa is a big get. She’s been eyed for the role for some time, and her profile has only gone up with performances in The New Mutants, The Queen’s Gambit, and this year’s surprising adaptation of EMMA. She’ll be seen next in Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho and Robert Eggers’ The Northman.

Variety has no info on a start date, but you know Warner Bros. will want to jump on this after waiting so long for a Fury Road followup.

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