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It’s been nearly five full years since director George Miller set the movie world on fire with Mad Max: Fury Road, one of the ballsiest films ever made and easily one of the greatest movies of the past decade. A possible sequel was mired in legal troubles for a while, but last year, it seemed as if things were finally in place for not just one movie, but multiple Mad Max movies to get underway.
Now a new report says Miller is actively holding auditions for a Mad Max Furiosa prequel movie, which he hopes to begin shooting next year. One of the people he’s auditioned for the lead role? The Witch, Split, and Emma. actress Anya Taylor-Joy.
In a Variety article discussing the uncertainty of major upcoming blockbuster production dates, there’s an aside that will be of significant interest to disciples of Miller’s Mad Max films:
Director George Miller, for instance, has been meeting with names including Anya Taylor-Joy for his ‘Furiousa’ [sic] spin-off, which he hopes to start shooting in 2021. Of course, Miller is making concessions to coronavirus — those auditions have taken place via Skype.
Rumors of a Furiosa movie have been floating around since 2016, but this is the most concrete word yet that Miller is actually prioritizing it over the other planned Mad Max movies, one of which is supposed to be a Fury Road sequel called Mad Max: The Wasteland.
The case could be made that Charlize Theron‘s searing, tight-lipped performance as Furiosa was one of the defining performances of the 2010s: Theron shaved her head, rode out into the desert for a chaotic-as-hell film shoot, butted heads with co-star Tom Hardy, and still proved to the world that this Oscar winner had major range and that she should absolutely be taken seriously as an action star. But the problem, if you can even call it that, is that she was so good as Furiosa that she’s become inextricably linked to that role. Anyone else stepping in will not only have to shoulder the requirements of whatever this movie demands, but also shrug off the audience’s deep association with Theron as that character.
It helps that it’ll be a prequel, so maybe a young star like Taylor-Joy could actually put her own stamp on the role. But remember, she hasn’t been cast yet – she’s one of several people Miller has auditioned, and the only one we know by name so far. But it’ll be interesting to see what qualities Miller is searching for in a younger version of his protagonist for this spin-off, and how audiences will react to the first Mad Max movie without Mad Max in it.
Russell Crowe, whom he guided in his film debut, called him 'a gifted teacher in art, theater and life.'
George Ogilvie, who co-directed the 1985 action film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome with George Miller and guided Russell Crowe in his big-screen debut, has died. He was 89.
Ogilvie died Sunday of cardiac arrest at the Braidwood Hospital in New South Wales, his niece Heather Ogilvie told The Hollywood Reporter. He had been suffering from emphysema for years.
It was in the 1990 Australian romantic drama The Crossing that Crowe, then 26, first appeared on a film screen.
Ogilvie recalled Crowe arriving late to his audition disheveled and out of breath. "He was desperate, but from the moment he walked in he knew he belonged there," he said in 2016.
"He was a force. He worked hard, but he did expect everyone around him to work hard as well, there was no give and take. None of the crew liked him, thought he was an arrogant little pisspot."
Ogilvie also was instrumental in the growing popularity of the miniseries in Australia, directing an episode of the 1983 political drama The Dismissal and the 1984 historical cricket series Bodyline, both produced by Miller and Byron Kennedy.
In the 1980s, Miller gave into temptation and began crafting a third film in his acclaimed Mad Max series. His producing partner Kennedy had died at 33 in a 1983 helicopter crash, and Miller needed to "do something just to get over the shock and grief of all that."
As a result, Ogilvie, his colleague and mentor, stepped in as co-director on Beyond Thunderdome. It was his first feature.
"And it, in a way of all the films, it's the one I have most affection for of thethree films," Miller said in an oral history.
Thunderdome starred Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Frank Thring and Tina Turner, whose power ballad "We Don't Need Another Hero Thunderdome" received a Golden Globe and Grammy nomination.
Ogilvie also directed the 1987 miniseries The Shiralee, starring Bryan Brown and Noni Hazlehurst, and 11 episodes of the cop drama Blue Heelers.
His other features were Short Changed 1986 and The Place at the Coast 1987.
Crowe called Ogilvie in a tweet "a gifted teacher in art, theatre and life" and said it was was "a deep privilege to have known" him.
"There is still a resonance daily in my life from the things he taught me. Ah precious Mr Ogilvie, this is a sad moment indeed. The Shiralee, Short Changed, The Crossing. Brilliant man."
A gifted teacher in art, theatre and life. A deep privilege to have known George. There is still a resonance daily in my life from the things he taught me. Ah precious Mr Ogilvie , this is a sad moment indeed. The Shiralee, Short Changed, The Crossing. Brilliant man. https://t.co/rYdzQt7hC6— Russell Crowe @russellcrowe...