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‘Future World’ Trailer: James Franco Rips Off ‘Mad Max,’ But Milla Jovovich and Lucy Liu Could Save the Day

Franco stars and co-directs a familiar-looking sci-fi thriller, which also features Snoop Dogg and Method Man.

Future World

“Future World”


Following the success of “The Disaster Artist,” James Franco will star in the sci-fi thriller “Future World,” which he co-directed. Using a color palette and costume design that bears an uncanny resemblance to both the original “Mad Max” as well as 2016’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Future World” features car chases, cyborgs, and at least one reference to “the perfect woman.” Commence eye roll.

The movie stars Suki Waterhouse as a cyborg assassin known as a “synthetic,” who is coveted by the likes of Franco, Milla Jovovich, and Snoop Dogg for her powers. Though it’s unclear exactly what’s going on, she begins to malfunction and goes renegade in an effort to save a potential love interest. The film also stars Lucy Liu as a character known only as “The Queen.

“Future World” is co-directed by Bruce Thierry Cheung, the cinematographer who lensed Franco’s previous directorial efforts, “In Dubious Battle,” “Bukowksi,” and “The Sound and the Fury.” Lionsgate will release “Future World” in theaters on May 25.

Check out the trailer for “Future World” below.

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