Interestingly enough, in a recent article in Empire Magazine director George Miller discusses replacing Mel Gibson in the role, which to this day irks a lot of hardcore Max Fans.
After Mel went on a bit of a bender Miller states “Well, Mel started to have his public troubles and by then the film was no longer at Fox Studios. I think with Mel, doing a big action film at the time was just something that wasn’t on the cards. He had a lot more to deal with in his life. And by then I was already talking to other actors.”
Personally, I think Tom Hardy will do a great job and frankly it doesn’t sound like he has to do much as he barely has any dialogue. I’ll miss Gibbo in the role but I’ve long since made my peace with him not returning and I have to admit that the trailers have so far been pretty amazing.
The supporting cast includes Charlize Theron and Nichols Hoult but Fury Road still looks very much like a Mad Max film.
I agree that there is a little too much CG which does kinda defeat the purpose of the Mad Max films but that’s what modern audiences look for and frankly the visuals are mighty purdy.
The action looks out of this world with a scale we haven’t seen in the previous three movies and the sandstorm sequence may end up becoming a classic.
There are some insane looking villains with the stand out being Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) who instantly belongs in the Mad Max canon and will become an iconic villain.
The most important plus point to this film is the return of original director George Miller who has directed all three previous films, so this very much remains his baby.
Apparently the original cut of the film was over 3 hours long so here’s hoping we see a director’s cut when it hits Blu-ray in a few months.
I’ve noticed that this movie is getting a lot of hype and attention so I have a sneaking suspicion that it might be huge. It will certainly be the most financially successful of the Mad Max films, although it’s not going to be Avengers big.
I reckon it will make over $150 million domestically with either $300-400 million worldwide. So hit or miss? Definitely a hit.
Some new pictures have appeared online in the past few days courtesy of Total Film so if you’ve missed them, here they are below.