It's no secret that George Miller's resurrected Mad Max franchise has sequels in its future. As soon as the crazy, stunt-filled blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road dropped, creator and director Miller was talking about returning to the Wasteland for more stories.
The new Max, Tom Hardy, has already signed on for three more films, but it looks like he'll be surviving in the Wasteland without his co-star and the real main character of Fury Road. George Miller confirmed in a recent interview to Digital Spy that the first sequel -- tentatively titled Mad Max: The Wasteland -- would not follow Imperator Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron) or her story, stating: "she [Furiosa] is not in the Mad Max [sequel] story."
This does not come as a massive surprise, since it's no secret that Theron was only contracted for one film, and she replied, "what's that?" when USA Today quizzed about The Wasteland.
So is this the end for our favorite robot-armed revolutionary? Probably not. She may not appear Fury Road's direct sequel, but Miller has not ruled out including the character in future installments, while rumors persist about a Furiosa-centric prequel. There are an infinite number of stories waiting to be told in Miller's insanity-filled post-apocalypse, and it seems likely Max and Furiosa's paths could cross again at some stage. Don't write off Charlize Theron just yet!
Other than Theron's non-involvement, actual details about Mad Max: The Wasteland are scarce. It's fair to say we shouldn't expect any movement on it soon; Miller stated in the same Digital Spy interview that he wants his next film to be "very small." Given what we saw in Fury Road, I very much doubt any Mad Max film could be "very small," so it looks as though he'll be moving onto something else before returning to Max Rockatansky's world.
I hope that at some stage we see Theron's Furiosa again, but in the meantime I'm eager to see what else Miller has in store for Max. Whatever it is, it's bound to be insane!