George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” is widely considered one of the greatest action movies ever made (the film ranked ninth on IndieWire’s list of the 100 best films of the 2010s), and a big reason why is Imperator Furiosa. It didn’t take long for the character to join Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley from the “Alien” franchise or Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor from “The Terminator” films as one of cinema’s most definitive action heroines. IndieWire named Charlize Theron’s performance as Furiosa the ninth best of the decade.
“Furiosa is the real hero of the story, armed with not only intelligence and grit, but serious skill behind the wheel of a war rig,” IndieWire’s Kate Erbland wrote of the character. “Initially unyielding in her toughness, steady revelations finally let Max — and the audience — into her deep emotional reserves, with Theron marrying Furiosa’s toughness and smarts with an unshakable sense of nostalgia and destiny.”
The future of “Mad Max” looked bright after “Fury Road” thanks to Theron and Furiosa, but Miller is choosing instead to continue the franchise by rewinding the clock for a prequel about everyone’s favorite Imperator. Production won’t start until next year, but there’s a lot to get excited about right now in regards to “Furiosa.” Our rundown below includes every detail we know about “Furiosa” so far. IndieWire will continue to update the list as breaking news around the project is announced.