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Anya Taylor-Joy cast as young Furiosa in the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel

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Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are also set to star

Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin in 20th Century Studios’ The New Mutants. Image: 20th Century Studios

In May, George Miller confirmed that he was working on a follow-up to his 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road. The new film, Furiosa, would be a prequel focused on Charlize Theron’s character, Imperator Furiosa, though Theron would not be returning to reprise the role.

The role of young Furiosa will instead by played by The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy. Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II have also been announced as her co-stars, though it’s not yet clear exactly who they’ll be playing. The film will fill out more of Furiosa’s backstory. At the start of Fury Road, Furiosa had already risen in the ranks of Immortan Joe’s soldiers. She then takes her life into her own hands to return to “the Green Place” along with Joe’s wives.

Miller is set to direct, co-write, and produce the project, which is described as being in “advance development” as no release date has been set and the film has yet to be greenlit.