New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed that the “Mad Max” prequel ‘Furiosa’ will be filmed in New South Wales, Australia.
Berejiklian confirmed the news at a press conference in Sydney describing the movie as the “largest film to ever be filmed” in the state.
She said: “Most importantly, it reinforces New South Wales as not only the economic capital of Australia, but I believe the cultural capital of Australia.”
Arts Minister, Paul Fletcher who hinted that the news reflects the growth of Australia’s film sector said: “We are experiencing a boom in large-scale global productions coming to film in Australia.
“The Australian Government has a clear focus on supporting the Australian screen sector to seize this opportunity.”
The 76-year-old director, George Miller will be producing the film with a long-term partner, Doug Mitchell, and has penned the script with ‘Fury Road’ co-writer, Nico Lathouris.
The movie which is slated for release in 2023 will see Anya Taylor-Joy take over the role of Imperator Furiosa from Charlize Theron, who played the character in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.
Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II have also been cast as the characters of Dementus and Pretorian respectively.
Miller explained how he felt it was necessary to cast a younger actress in the film as he did not feel the technology was good enough to de-age Charlize. He said: “For the longest time, I thought we could just use CG de-ageing on Charlize, but I don’t think we’re nearly there yet.
“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”, he added.