George Miller makes adrenaline fueled, uncompromising films, in his genre he is a very important director, intricate, insightful and a master of pacing. Tom Hardy is an interesting choice, an actor with a truly great range, a sophistication harbored with a brooding physicality. Nicholas Hoult, so impressive in A Single Man, and so woefully underused in Clash of the Titans, and Riley Keough, a capable actress all join Hardy for Mad Max: Fury Road. But the most interesting casting and film’s female lead, Charlize Theron has remained an enigma.

Very little has been known about Theron’s role in the film, so any kind of detail is of interest and  MovieHole picked up a quote from the ABC website, concerning Annabelle Williams, an Australian Paralympic medal winner, who has been cast as a stunt double in Miller’s film.

Here’s what ABC Sport had to say,

“I got a phone call from one of the people at [the production company] and they said it’s got a $200 million budget. My mum was sitting there and we were just like ‘What?’” “Then they said that the lead actress was Charlize Theron and I nearly died. “And then I thought to myself the resemblance (between Theron and myself) is striking.

She laughed, adding: “Not at all. And she’s about a foot taller than me.”
In the film, Theron’s character will have part of one arm missing. Williams will fill in for the Academy Award-winner during a fight scene.“They are going to film me from a very long distance for the fighting so that they don’t have to CGI out her arm. “I will be her, but just not [in] the face.

So, Theron is an amputee who gets into a few scrapes. Sounds great. Miller, who created Mad Max and directed the first two films [and action scenes in the third] has an innate ability to craft and evolve characters around their actors idiosyncrasies. So this sounds intriguing. Filming is due to start soon.

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