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Briefly: This is the sort of story that I’d usually be quick to dismiss, but it comes from Todd at Twitch, who is both well-connected and not quick to run utterly baseless crap. He’s got a brief report up today that says George Miller isn’t just returning to his Mad Max franchise with Tom Hardy and Mad Max: Fury Road. Supposedly Miller is making two films back to back, with the second to be called Mad Max: Furiosa.

Despite the regular reliability of Twitch this still seems like an unlikely thing. Studio financing being what it is these days, the idea that Warner Bros. would finance two films to be shot back to back seems to be a break from the way they’re doing business everywhere else. If Fury Road had been released and done really well, OK, easier to see two films after that. Sure, Miller gave WB and Village Roadshow a big hit with Happy Feet in 2006, but Mad Max is a totally different beast. Be a neat thing if this is true, but for now it’s not so easy to believe.

Plus, that second title: Furiosa?

UPDATE: HitFix says that this report has been confirmed with other sources.

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Tom Hardy Talks Mad Max: Fury Road

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We’ve had little bits of news about George Miller‘s fourth film in the Max storyline, Mad Max: Fury Road, but until now nothing terribly significant. The casting of Tom Hardy in the lead role was a great step in the right direction, and now the actor is starting to talk about the film, which shoots later this year.

Hardy didn’t offer up too many details (“I’m obviously limited as to what I can say.”) but he did drop a few notes, including one that makes Fury Road sound as if it’ll be straddling the line between sequel and reboot — bound to be the case, I suppose, when a new actor takes on a role that was totally established by another. Read More »

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UPDATE: MTV was the first to hear back from Stewart’s publicist, who says the actor is not involved with the film.

The title says it all. Based on an email sent to AICN, which says that actor Patrick Stewart mentioned he is soon to be working in Australia on a film with director George Miller, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive speculating that Stewart will appear in the fourth Mad Max movie, Mad Max: Fury Road.

The salient quote from the reader email is:  “I got to ask him whether he’d like to make a movie in Australia and he said he may be back here soon to film a movie with George Miller. I – embarrassingly – blurted “Happy Feet 2! great!” and he said “No, another one.” We don’t know enough about the story behind Fury Road at this point to know if this is even remotely credible. Easy to see how having Patrick Steward on hand would be a fun thing for Miller. Throw some knee pads and a hockey mask on him and Stewart would fit right in.

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Just over a week ago word leaked out that Teresa Palmer might be in George Miller‘s upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road. That wasn’t a huge surprise, as Miller had cast Palmer as Talia Ghul in his aborted Justice League movie. Now we’ve got confirmation that Palmer is in fact part of the Mad Max cast, along with another rumored actor, Nicholas Hoult. (Nick Hoult!) Read More »

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A warning to all actors: be very specific (if you can) when talking about potential projects. Over the weekend a few sites did the LA junket for Edge of Darkness, and one of the first questions to star Mel Gibson was, naturally, about his potential involvement in George Miller‘s new Mad Max movie. When Gibson didn’t explicitly say that he would not make an appearance some wondered if the door was open for a cameo. Now the actor has been explicit in another interview, leaving no room for supposition. Gibson has also offered some details about his proposed Viking movie. Read More »

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It seems like it was only earlier today that I was writing about George Miller and his Mad Max sequel… oh waitaminute, it was only… et cetera, et cetera.

According to (!) Jay Baruchel, Teresa Palmer has the prize part of “main chick” in Mad Max 4: Fury Road – so, move over Charlize, at least into the position of “not so main chick”. Baruchel was speaking to press at the Dreamworks PR launch of How to Train Your Dragon, which features vocal turns from both Baruchel and Palmer. The Herald Sun have the full story, though no further details on the Mad Max role are given.

Meanwhile, Movieline got the scoop that Miller has also cast Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. How’s that for some starpower? But hold your horses – he hasn’t cast them in the Mad Max sequel. Instead, he’s given them voice roles in his second Happy Feet picture. Movieline know nothing of the specifics – heck, the guys might not even be playing penguins for all they know- but they’ve already been recording for the film this week. I’m visualising… a narwhal and an arctic cod, what about you?

Somewhere down in Australia, work is racing ahead on George Miller‘s Mad Max 4: Fury Road, even as I type. Not many details are becoming public knowledge, though we do know that Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron apparently have the lead roles and we’ve even seen some of the car-stars on video. While the film’s plotline, timeframe and relationship to the last three installments remain largely shrouded in secrecy, every little scrap of news is premium. Excuse me then, for being quite excited about the latest developments.

First of all, it has been reported that the film will be in 3D. Maybe calculating that is not rocket science, what with this ‘Avatar effect’ in full swing and all. Seondly, the story goes that the film is to combine live action with animation. Sure, just about every genre film does that these days, but to even mention it suggests that the quotient of animation will be quite high.

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George Miller has appeared on ABC News in Australia, showing off the cars he’s having built for Mad Max 4 and discussing his plans for the movie. This includes some hard facts on the casting. After a short sharp burst of rumours, it’s good to get some straight and low-down.

You can see the video embedded below the break.

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