Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Will Rock Cannes

It was announced on Thursday that George Miller and the much anticipated Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is heading to the 77th Cannes Film Festival. It’s been 9 years since George Miller screened Mad Max: Fury Road Out of Competition at Cannes. And now the Mad Max universe returns to the the Croisette in this prequel to Fury Road. Anya Taylor-Joy is the young Furiosa, trying to return home and naturally being derailed on her mission by numerous hostile armed gangs in a dystopian world where, due to a result of resource depletion speed and movement are just as synonymous with life energy as with death.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Will Screen Out of Competition

The cast includes Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke, and it’s almost certain that Chris, Tom and Anya Taylor-Joy will grace the red carpet on the occasion of the Out of Competition gala screening at the Grand Théâtre Lumière at the Palais des Festivals taking place on Wednesday May 15.

“The idea of this prequel has been with me for over a decade,” stated George Miller in anticipation for the screening. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to return to the Festival de Cannes – along with Anya, Chris and Tom – to share Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. There is no better place than La Croisette to experience this film with audiences on the world stage.”

George Miller and Cannes Film Festival’s Legacy Together

Recently in 2022, George Miller presented Three Thousand Years of Longing’ with Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, Out of Competition. Miller was twice a Festival de Cannes Jury member and the year after presenting Mad Max: Fury Road he was selected as the President in 2016 for the 69th edition.


Who is George Miller and the Mad Max Series

For the uninitiated, wondering who George Miller is, it all began in 1979, when Mad Max was released to mixed reviews and introduced us all to Mel Gibson and the world of Mad Max. When Mad Max came out, it was a bit controversial for the time for it’s depiction of violence yet interesting enough this film came from the same director who also wrote the 20 minute long short film Violence in the Cinema, Part 1 (1971).

Nevertheless, the people spoke and Mad Max became a quintessential cult classic in Independent cinema.

Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max 2: Road Warrior (1981)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

In 1987, Miller directed The Witches of Eastwick, starring Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer and Cher. This was followed by Dead Calm starring Nicole Kidman in 1989. Similar to the career of Mel Gibson, George Miller was instrumental in putting Nicole Kidman on the pathway to stardom. Over time George Miller proved to be an absolute force to be reckoned with, mastering a variety of different genres with the most popular films include ‘Babe’, and the Academy Award winning ‘Happy Feet’.

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