Anya Taylor-Joy is set to star in the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa, in which she plays the titular character. According to Taylor-Joy, getting to make the movie was life-changing.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Joy was asked if getting to play Furiosa was as fun as she thought it would be. The actress confirmed her enjoyment and said that she would likely need the two full years it will take before the film comes out to process the “life-changing” experience.
“It will take me the full two years before the movie comes out to even begin to process what I just left 12 days ago,” Joy said. “[Furiosa] was the most life-changing experience that I’ve ever had, with such talented artists. I really felt like I grew so much, but yes, it’s wild. It’s utterly unique.”
While not too much is known about the film that recently wrapped, Furiosa is being described as a standalone story that will dive into the origins of the character previously portrayed by Charlize Theron (The Old Guard) before crossing paths with the eponymous antihero of the mothership franchise. The film will be led by Golden Globe winner Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit), Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Endgame), and Tom Burke (Mank). The latter replaced Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who exited the project due to scheduling conflicts.
The Mad Max prequel is written and directed by George Miller, who is co-producing the film along with Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell. Miller’s Australian-based Kennedy Miller Mitchell banner is also attached to produce.
Even though the film had a poor box-office turnout with a worldwide gross of over $370 million, Mad Max: Fury Road was a critical success, with critics praising its cinematography, production design, and the performances of Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, who both had a difficult time during filming. It also won six Oscar awards out of 10 nominations, including Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Costume Design.