Charlize Theron’s Furiosa was easily one of the best aspects of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise when Miller revealed that he was working on a Furiosa-centered prequel. But what was shocking to many is the fact that the director is eyeing a different actress to play the younger version of the character. Charlize Theron hasn’t said too much about the idea of someone else playing her famous heroine but, now that she’s opening up, it sounds like the development has been somewhat hard for her to accept.
While she has nothing but respect for George Miller, Charlize Theron admitted that it has been difficult to fathom the idea of Furiosa being played by someone else in the upcoming prequel. She’s especially a little heartbroken because of how much she loves the character and how long they spent crafting her:
While speaking with THR, Theron also highlighted the fact that roles like Furiosa don’t come along as often for actresses as they do for their male peers. She even cites this as motivation when going for roles within the action genre:
George Miller has previously acknowledged his decision not to cast Charlize Theron and partially attributed his desire to find a new actress to the limits on de-aging technology. While he believes there have been strides on that front, he still thinks it’s not sufficient enough to de-age Theron for an entire film.
Aside from Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road star Zoë Kravitz has also offered her thoughts on the Furiosa prequel, and she offered a more optimistic perspective. Having worked with George Miller, she puts her trust in him to tell a story fitting of the character.
It’s good to see that the character of Furiosa will live on, but it’s honestly bittersweet that Theron won’t be the one portraying her on the big screen. She has definitely proven to be passionate about the character, and she makes good points about action roles not being as plentiful for women.
Thankfully, movie buffs will get to see Charlize Theron take on a new action role in Netflix’s The Old Guard, which is scheduled to be released on July 10.
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