‘Furiosa’ Heading to Cannes

Mad Max is roaring back to the Croisette.

Nine years after George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road tore up Cannes as the diesel-fueled opener in 2015, the director’s follow-up, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, will also have its world premiere, out of competition, in Cannes.

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Anya Taylor-Joy stars as the titular Furiosa, the character played by Charlize Theron in Fury Road. The prequel follows the young Furiosa after she is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus, who goes to war with Fury Road tyrant Immortan Joe. While the two battle for dominance, Furiosa must survive and piece together the means to find her way home. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke co-star.

“The idea of this prequel has been with me for over a decade,” said Miller. “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.”

The Cannes premiere of Fury Road, coming 30 years after Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, reignited Miller’s post-apocalyptic franchise. The film went on to gross more than $380 million worldwide.

Warner Bros. is releasing Furiosa in France on May 22. The U.S. release date is set for May 24.

Barbie helmer Greta Gerwig will be the president of the jury for the 2024 Cannes festival, heading the group that picks this year’s Palme d’Or. Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan (Mommy, It’s Only the End of the World) a Cannes regular, will return to head up the Un Certain Regard jury

Cannes will unveil its full 2024 lineup at a press conference in Paris next month.

The 77th Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-25.

You can check out the Furiosa trailer below.

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