The long-mooted Mad Max spin-off film, set to chart the earlier adventures of Imperator Furiosa, edges closer to reality with some exciting talent set to appear.

We’ve heard plenty of talk about George Miller’s spin-off prequel to his anarchic 2015 masterpiece, Mad Max: Fury Road, over the last few years. Whether it’s Miller himself discussing what the project will look like, or Charlize Theron (who played Imperator Furiosa in the film) expressing sadness that she won’t be returning to play a younger version of herself.

Interest in the movie has continued to bubble, even as Miller had to clear up a long-standing courtroom issue with Warner Bros following the production of Fury Road. Coronavirus has of course played its part too, delaying the filming of Miller’s previous project, the Idris Elba-starring Three Thousand Years Of Longing.

Now though, via The Hollywood Reporter, casting has been officially announced for the film, marking a clear step forward in the film’s production.

The younger incarnation of Furiosa will be played by Anya Taylor-Joy, who has recently worked with Edgar Wright on his upcoming film, Last Night In Soho. Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II have also been announced, although their roles have not.

Where the film fits into the trio’s schedules is as yet uncertain, but with Hemsworth set to reprise his role as Thor in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Blood aAd Thunder, shooting in January, we’d imagine that Furiosa will be aiming for a summer shoot. Although if the years-long pre-production work for Fury Road is anything to go by, who knows?

Those who have seen the script (which was written before Fury Road was even filmed) have expressed major excitement about seeing it realised on-screen, so hopefully we won’t be waiting too long.

More news on this one as we have it.

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