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George Miller is setting his sights on a grand return to the Cannes Film Festival with “Furiosa,” the prequel to his post-apocalyptic hit “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Following his appearance at Cannes in 2022 with “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” Miller is eager for a triumphant comeback with this highly anticipated Warner Bros. tentpole. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy as a younger incarnation of Imperator Furiosa, the iconic character originally portrayed by Charlize Theron in “Fury Road.” George Miller is producing the prequel alongside his long-time producing partner, Doug Mitchell. The movie also features Chris Hemsworth in a villainous role.
Cannes played a crucial role in the success of “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The film premiered out of competition at the festival in 2015 and swiftly hit theaters, ultimately grossing $374 million worldwide. It garnered 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, ultimately winning six Academy Awards.
According to an insider, there are tentative plans for Warner Bros. to host the world premiere of “Furiosa” at Cannes, mirroring the strategy used for “Fury Road” nine years ago. However, the studio has stated that any rumors regarding a Cannes premiere are purely speculative. The actual premiere schedule depends on the availability of the cast for promotional activities, which cannot be confirmed until the resolution of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
Thierry Fremaux, the chief of the Cannes Film Festival, expressed his enthusiasm for the potential return of George Miller and his film to the festival. He recalled the extraordinary experience of “Fury Road” premiering at Cannes and hopes to welcome Miller and “Furiosa” with open arms. George Miller, who served as the festival’s jury president in 2016, received widespread acclaim for his film “Three Thousand Years of Longing” at Cannes in 2022. Still, it was not quite on par with the unanimous praise that greeted “Fury Road” in 2015. Many festival attendees believed that had “Fury Road” competed, it could have contended for major awards, including the Palme d’Or.
Warner Bros. last graced Cannes with a major tentpole in 2022 when Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” had its world premiere.
The initial speculation that “Furiosa” might head to Cannes was reported by World of Reel.