George Miller abandons plans to de-age Charlize Theron in Mad Max spin-off


Charlize Theron‘s dreams of reprising her Mad Max: Fury Road character Furiosa for a new spin-off has been dashed by director George Miller.

The filmmaker admits he did consider making the Oscar winner look younger, using the same computer-generated technology that made Robert De Niro look younger in last year’s (2019) The Irishman, but realized he couldn’t make a whole movie that way – and now he has abandoned the idea.

“For the longest time, I thought we could just use CG de-aging on Charlize, but I don’t think we’re nearly there yet,” Miller said in an interview with The New York Times. “Despite the valiant attempts on The Irishman, I think there’s still an uncanny valley. Everyone is on the verge of solving it, particularly Japanese video-game designers, but there’s still a pretty wide valley, I believe.”

But Theron has seen the script for the Furiosa spin-off as she was given that to help her create a background for her character: “It was purely a way of helping Charlize and explaining it to ourselves,” Miller explains.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who appeared in Fury Road, says, “I got to read it when I was cast. It’s genius. I’ve always wondered if that movie’s going to get made.”
Reports suggest Anya Taylor-Joy is the front-runner to play the younger version of Charlize’s Furiosa.

Meanwhile, Mad Max star Tom Hardy has revealed there are plans for him to star in another two films and Theron has stated she’d return for another film if Miller directs.

The two actors recently went public with their feud on the set, telling The New York Times they both could have done more to be better castmates.