What’s the origin story of Imperator Furiosa, the ferocious warrior played by Charlize Theron in 2015’s blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road”? Director George Miller will tell that story in “Furiosa,” a prequel starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the title heroine.
The Warner Bros. tentpole will start shooting in Australia in August.
In Variety’s Actors on Actors TV issue, Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”) spoke to her “Emma” co-star Josh O’Connor (most recently seen playing Prince Charles in “The Crown”) about making “Furiosa.”
“The thing that makes me most excited about ‘Furiosa’ is, No. 1, George Miller,” Taylor-Joy says. “That brain is incredible. I feel so lucky and privileged to spend time with him, and to grow alongside him. I’m also really excited to do something physical. To physically become something else is something that will weirdly give me a lot of peace. I’m quite excited to work hard.”
But Taylor-Joy added that her dad teases her every time she says the character’s name.
“My dad gives me a lot of hell because we speak Spanish, he calls her, ‘Furiosa,’” she says, pronouncing the name with an accent. “And I’m like, it’s an English-speaking film. But, like, ‘OK Daddy.’ I’ve got a grace period until August, and then I will be working back-to-back until mid-2023.”
At 25, Taylor-Joy has been acting steadily since she broke out in the 2015 Sundance indie “The Witch.” She most recently played Beth Harmon, a 1950s chess champion in the Netflix drama “The Queen’s Gambit,” which is expected to be a frontrunner at the Emmys in the fall.