Charlize Theron Is as Heartbroken as You Are That She's Unlikely to Play Furiosa Again

Charlize Theron is unlikely to return as Furiosa, and she’s bummed about it.
Charlize Theron is unlikely to return as Furiosa, and she’s bummed about it.
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The exciting news of George Miller prepping a new movie about Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road came with a huge asterisk. The film was going to be a prequel and Charlize Theron would not be returning. Theron knew that was Miller’s decision, but it didn’t mean she wasn’t disappointed.

“It’s a tough one to swallow,” Theron told the Hollywood Reporter. “Listen, I fully respect George, if not more so in the aftermath of making Fury Road with him. He’s a master, and I wish him nothing but the best.”

Miller’s plan, as revealed back in May, is to produce a screenplay he wrote before production of Fury Road in order for Theron and her co-stars to have a mindset of their backstories. He was hoping to cast Theron and use some digital effects to de-age her but eventually decided the technology just wasn’t good enough. Miller is currently in the process of casting the young Furiosa with names in the mix like Anya Taylor-Joy and Jodie Comer.


“Yeah, it’s a little heartbreaking, for sure,” Theron continued. “I really love that character, and I’m so grateful that I had a small part in creating her. She will forever be someone I think of and reflect on fondly. Obviously, I would love to see that story continue, and if he feels like he has to go about it this way, then I trust him in that manner. We get so hung up on the smaller details that we forget the thing that we emotionally tap into has nothing to do with that minute thing that we’re focusing on.”

Thankfully, fans who love to watch Charlize Theron kick a whole bunch of ass can watch her new film, The Old Guard, on Netflix July 10.

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I’m in the minority here. But I’m not too interested in a prequel or at least a direct feature length prequel to this character. I’d be more happy with a story that serves both as a sequel and a prequel using flashbacks throughout the film. That way Theron can still play her character, while they could still tell a sequence of storied events using a younger actress.

Did many people like the character alone or liked Theron for portraying the character? Deaging has come a long way, but Miller was right that it can be distracting. It’s still going to be a while for it to be seamless beyond a minute or two. Gemini Man is a good example. You can find still frames that show deaging being seamless, but once the camera moves, and the faces go that’s when it gets distracting. Lighting is the biggest issue. Shine lights and shadows directly in the deaged face and you’re too busy noticing the inconsistencies or obvious cgi flaws.

Still I would prefer a sequel in some form. A prequel as an Amazon or Netflix feature or limited series or even a video game. I guess we’ll wait and see if audiences like the character enough. It’s possible some or many can’t make it through the film without feeling they just want to move on from her and get back to seeing what happens with Max.