Let’s take a little journey back in time, oh, say about five years, to when we first heard tell of George Miller‘s latest installment of the Mad Max franchise, a small, dusty feature called Mad Max: Fury Road. Back then, in September of 2009 (do you even remember September of 2009? here’s a hint — the number one song for most of that month was “Obsessed” by Mariah Carey), the film was set to star an impressive duo of talents — the just-rising Tom Hardy and the always-good Charlize Theron. While their involvement hasn’t changed in the five years since the film was first announced, plenty else has.
Really, plenty, from the rumor that it was to shoot back-to-back with a sequel to the plan to lens the whole thing in Australia to the obvious buzz that it would be shot in 3D. There’s also the fact that we’ve been talking about this film for nearly half a decade and that it’s finally, finally happening. Really! Mad Max: Fury Road is indeed happening — in fact, it’s happening so much that it already happened. The film has already been shot and is in post-production but that doesn’t mean a whole lot without a fresh glimpse at its two stars, now does it?
Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly has just rolled out the cover for their latest issue (THE APOCALYPSE ISSUE! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!), and it proudly features both Hardy (as road warrior Max Rockatansky) and Theron (as Imperator Furiosa). Take a look:
Well, that’s appropriately dirty and fire-covered and badly composited together. And, well, that’s about it, looks like we’re just going to have to wait to see what else is folded into the pages of the issue, because this is all we have for now and it’s not too much to go on (although that little detail about Theron’s missing arm is kind of hilarious). Still, it does prove one thing — there’s a movie here! — and that’s something worth getting at least a smidge excited for.
Also worth getting amped up about? A little nugget of information from Miller himself, who tells the outlet: “I wanted to tell a linear story–a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes…In this crucible of very intense action, the characters are revealed.” Now we definitely want to hear more.
The film will also star Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and many more.
And, yes, while Mad Max: Fury Road is finally coming to a theater near you, we’ve still got nearly a year to wait for it — the film will open on May 15, 2015.