Furiosa Star Anya Taylor-Joy Praises Charlize Theron’s Performance Earlier this week, Anya Taylor-Joy was confirmed to headline George Miller’s upcoming Furiosa spinoff as a younger version of the character originated by Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. Many fans were originally hoping to see Theron herself reprise the role in a potential sequel, but it seems that Miller is more interested in winding the clock backward to explore Furiosa’s origin story. Fortunately, Taylor-Joy is also a huge fan of Theron’s, and she’s well aware that expectations are high (via SuperHeroHype). RELATED: Taylor-Joy, Hemsworth & Abdul-Mateen II to Lead Furiosa Prequel! Taylor-Joy discussed landing the role while appearing on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast (via IndieWire). Right now, she’s reuniting with The Witch director Robert Eggers on his next move, The Northman. That movie is shooting in Belfast, which also happens to be where Taylor-Joy saw Fury Road for the first time. And it sounds like her casting prompted a literal stroll down memory lane. “I walked past the cinema where I first was amazed by this incredible mind of George Miller,” said Taylor-Joy. “It’s difficult to put into words. I feel so humbled and grateful. I think the first thing I thought was ‘I am so excited to work so hard.’ The level of commitment that has been shown by those who came before me, I endeavor to match that. That makes me really excited. I have so much respect for the originators of this crazy world and this collection of characters. I am excited to work really hard.” Theron previously confessed that it was “heartbreaking” for her to walk away from Furiosa. Regardless, Taylor-Joy has already begun developing her own take on the character. She acknowledged that she won’t be able to match Theron’s intensity. However, she aims to work as hard as she can to honor her performance. “I fell in love with Furiosa because of the way Charlize presented her,” added Taylor-Joy. “She did such an incredible job. It was so beautiful. I can’t even think about trying to step into her shoes. It has to be something different because it just can’t be done.” “I’ve already started dreaming about [Furiosa] and she’s coming in very strong,” continued Taylor-Joy. “I’m so committed to working as hard as possible as I can. I always said that I wanted a role that I would have to give everything to, it wouldn’t just be my mind but my body, what I’m doing with myself when I’m not on set. I’m so excited for that and to push myself past the limits of what my brain thought was possible.” RELATED: Tony Goldwyn Replaces Liev Schreiber in Will Smith’s King Richard Furiosa will also star Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in supporting roles. Warner Bros. has yet to give the film an official greenlight. How do you think Anya Taylor-Joy will fare as the new Furiosa? Let us know in the comments down below! Recommended Reading: Mad Max Fury Road: The Prelude to the Blockbuster Film
Taylor-Joy, Hemsworth & Abdul-Mateen II to lead Furiosa prequel! Word has circled back and forth on who George Miller has been eyeing to lead his Mad Max: Fury Road prequel centered on Imperator Furiosa and now Warner Bros. has officially greenlit the film with Anya Taylor-Joy (The New Mutants) set to lead alongside Chris Hemsworth (Extraction) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen), according to Deadline. RELATED: Furiosa Prequel Confirmed, Plus George Miller’s Next Set at MGM Talks began swirling in late March that executives and filmmakers began taking video and phone meetings in hopes of greenlighting new projects over the next 12 months including Miller, who has began eyeing a number of actresses to take on a younger iteration of Theron’s character, with recent word being he was looking to cast Jodie Miller (Killing Eve) before returning to his initial choice of Taylor-Joy. The film is being described as a standalone story that will dive into the origins of the character previously portrayed Charlize Theron (The Old Guard) before crossing paths with the eponymous antihero of the mothership franchise, with Miller set to direct, co-write and produce alongside his longtime Oscar-nominated partner Doug Mitchell, with Miller’s Australian-based Kennedy Miller Mitchell banner attached to produce. Click here to purchase your Blu-ray copy of Mad Max: Fury Road! Mad Max: Fury Road, which opened in May of 2015, is the story of Max Rockatansky, played by Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises). Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max (Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos and Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. A Mad Max prequel might show us her life in The Green Place before she started working for Immortan Joe. RELATED: Mad Max Sequels: Tom Hardy Wants Back in the Driver’s Seat Mad Max: Fury Road also starred Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max, Sleeping Beauty), Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian, Troy), Zoe Kravitz (Divergent, X-Men: First Class), Riley Keough (The Runaways, Magic Mike) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Age of Extinction). (Photo Credits: Getty Images)
The Queen’s Gambit Trailer Features Anya Taylor-Joy as a Chess Genius Netflix has released the full trailer for Scott Frank’s upcoming limited series adaptation of Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel The Queen’s Gambit, featuring Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as her character deals with the consequences and pressures of being a female genius in a men-dominated chess world. This marks Taylor-Joy’s first major TV project as a lead after mostly starring in films and portraying supporting roles in shows such as Atlantis, The Miniaturist and Peaky Blinders. Check out the video in the player below along with the new key art! RELATED: The Haunting of Bly Manor Trailer Introduces a New Ghost Story Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the limited series drama The Queen’s Gambit is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. Alongside Taylor-Joy, the cast for the series includes Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Maze Runner franchise), Moses Ingram, Harry Melling (The Old Guard) and Bill Camp (The Outsider). RELATED: Netflix Orders a Resident Evil TV Series From Supernatural EP The series is directed and co-written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank (A Walk Among The Tombstones) and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series. The Queen’s Gambit is set to premiere on Netflix on October 23.