Mad Max Spinoff Furiosa Has Begun Filming, Here's How Chris Hemsworth Celebrated

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As if Chris Hemsworth didn’t already have enough franchise cred from playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kevin in the Ghostbusters reboot and Agent H in Men in Black: International, now he’s lending his talents to the world of Mad Max. Hemsworth is starring opposite Anya Taylor-Joy in the Furiosa prequel spinoff, and the fifth entry in the Mad Max film series has finally been filming. The Australian actor announced this big piece of news with a social media post.

Warner Bros. Pictures officially confirmed Furiosa was in development back in October 2020, and a little over a year and a half later, cameras are finally rolling. Oftentimes the start of principal photography on major projects is commemorated with a picture of a clapboard, and Chris Hemsworth opted not to break from tradition with the below snapshot he shared on Instagram:

Why not stick with a classic, right? That clapboard also looks pretty cool out in that area of Australia where Chris Hemsworth and the rest of the Furiosa cast and crew are shooting. In addition to tagging Anya Taylor-Joy and throwing in a mention to director George Miller via hashtag, Hemsworth also tagged the person who took the photograph, Jasin Boland, who was also the still photographer on Mad Max: Fury Road, among a collection of other high-profile movies.

Chris Hemsworth is one of three actors who’ve been officially announced to star in Furiosa, as he and Anya Taylor-Joy are joined by Mank star Tom Burke, who was brought in to replace Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Besides Hemsworth being set to play Furiosa’s villain, no specific details about his character nor Burke’s have been revealed yet. Now that filming is underway, hopefully in the coming months we’ll learn about other actors who are taking part in this Mad Max installment.

Furiosa’s title character was previously played by Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road, which saw Imperator Furiosa and Tom Hardy’s Max Rockatansky teaming up to flee from Immortan Joe and his army. While there is a direct sequel to Fury Road in the works called The Wasteland, George Miller, who co-created the Mad Max franchise with Byron Kennedy and has directed all the movies, decided to wind the clock back next to show Furiosa’s origins over the course of 15 years. Does this mean we’ll learn how she came to serve Immortan Joe, or even how she got that mechanical arm? Those are some strong bets.

Furiosa is set to come out on May 24, 2024 (after originally being slated for a 2023 release), so keep checking with us here at CinemaBlend for updates on how the spinoff’s shoot is coming along. You can also keep track of movies coming out this year by browsing through the 2022 release schedule.

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