Don’t ask me what the heck is going on with George Miller’s decade-delayed “Mad Max” sequel. I don’t know.
Look, last we heard “Fury Road” was due to begin production a month back in South Africa. Heck, even Miller himself told me that was a ‘definite’ last Summer when I spoke to him, assuring me – likely after witnessing the disbelieving smirk I bought with me to the interview – that there’s be no stopping it now.
Yesterday in Cannes, Tom Hardy – the chap chosen to reprise Mel Gibson’s role in the film – said he hasn’t got any idea when it’ll happen, noting it keeps getting delayed.
If the guy playing ‘Mad Max’ says he hasn’t a clue when he’ll be shooting the film, which has been in the works for the better part of a decade, it’s safe to say it’s not ‘coming soon’, right?
That, I can’t answer – particularly now that Hardy’s co-star Charlize Theron, who will play the female heroine of the post-apocalyptic dustbuster, says filming on “Fury Road” kicks off in June.
Would Hardy not be privy to that same information? And if not, what the…!?
Is it possible, maybe, that Theron’s heroine ‘Furiosa’ is so much a focus of the new “Max” film that even the bloke playing title character himself isn’t required until later on? Maybe Hardy only has a couple of days work, and they won’t be calling him in until further down the track?
Rumour has it that this new two-film “Max” plan of Miller’s does feature Theron’s character rather heavily, so maybe there’s something to this? Maybe ‘Max’ is in the thing for ten minutes or something.. and gets sliced in half by a flying-lawnmower manned by Bruce Spence, pathing the way for Mad Max-ine to take center stage?
But if Hardy’s comments are the ones to take note of, and “Fury Road”‘s start date is indeed still a “dunno”, why on earth did Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the supermodel from “Transformers 3″, audition for a role in the film this week?
My guess : I’d say the film is still on, and is due to get underway sometime next month, but nobody’s convinced it won’t fall through a week before production – thus, Hardy’s likely of the mindset that “I’ll see it when I believe it” and won’t jinx it by declaring it’s a ‘definite get-up for June’.