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Director George Miller Reveals Casting Plans For Fury Road Sequel

Director George Miller has offered all kinds of hints about potential sequels to Mad Max: Fury Road, but he has kept specifics to a minimum. That’s unlikely to change any time soon, but in a new interview with Deadline, he confirms that talks are underway—and some crucial decisions have already been made. “We’re definitely in discussion about making more of these,” he said. “But the timing of it, I’m really not sure. Probably won’t be called Wasteland. I can say that. It was just the working title we gave it.”

As for the cast, Miller confirms that Tom Hardy will “definitely” be back, but the more pressing question for some Fury Road fans is Charlize Theron, who made a massive impression as the buzz-headed Furiosa. Persistent rumours of her struggles behind-the-scenes with Hardy have planted some doubt, but this is easily the most iconic character of Theron’s two-decade career. While Miller isn’t sharing any updates about her involvement in the sequels, he inspired some hope by telling Deadline that he’s “very pleased about how the character’s been received.”

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As for any lingering questions about Mel Gibson’s return, Miller is quick to put the rumours to rest. According to the director, the original Max is 100 percent finished with the franchise. “If Mel, who is Max in a lot of people’s memories, appeared in the next movie, it would pull audiences out of the movie for a bit, and we worked so hard to keep people immersed in the movie as much as possible. It would be like, I don’t know, seeing Roger Moore appearing in a Daniel Craig James Bond movie. It would be fun, but it would also pull you out of the experience of the movie.”

Mel Gibson, director/producer George Miller and Tom Hardy seen at the Warner Bros. premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" on Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)

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