Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga — release date, reviews, trailer, cast and everything we know about the movie

Anya Taylor-Joy in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Anya Taylor-Joy in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (Image credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mad Max: Fury Road is an action movie classic, but some at the time thought the movie focused more on Charlize Theron's Furiosa than the titular road warrior (with Tom Hardy taking over the role). There will be no confusion with Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, a prequel movie about the breakout character set to be one of the biggest new movies of 2024.

Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller has been talking about a Furiosa movie pretty much since the 2015 movie became a hit, but it has taken him nine years to get it to the big screen. Though Fury Road also took a long time to get done. Hopefully, the meticulous process of getting it right proves to work twice.

We've got what you need to know about Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga all right here.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga release date

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is now playing in the US, the UK and most of the world. Here's what you need to know about how to watch Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga plot

In Fury Road, we learn that Furiosa was kidnapped as a child by Immortan Joe and forced to serve him. She kept her disdain for him though, to the point where she helped Joe's wives escape him and eventually killed him.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, written by George Miller and Nick Lathouris, is a prequel, exploring how Furiosa got caught in Immortan Joe's web. Here is the official plot synopsis from Warner Bros. Pictures:

"As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home."

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga cast

Chris Hemsworth in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Chris Hemsworth in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (Image credit: Jason Boland/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Charlize Theron memorably played Furiosa in Fury Road, but with Furiosa: A Mad Max being a prequel, a younger actress was needed to take on the role. Those shoes are being filled by Anya Taylor-Joy. Taylor-Joy had her first breakout role in 2015's The Witch and has since followed it up with major roles in the likes of Split, Thoroughbreds, Emma, The Queen's Gambit, Last Night in Soho, The Northman, Peaky Blinders, The Menu and voicing Princess Peach in The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

Chris Hemsworth is also confirmed and taking on the villain role of warlord Dementus. Hemsworth is of course best known for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though he's also starred in The Cabin in the Woods, Rush, Extraction and Extraction 2. He doesn't do it often, but Hemsworth does have some experience playing a villain, most notably in 2018's Bad Times at the El Royale.

Another new addition to the cast is Tom Burke (The Wonder, Mank), also thought to be playing a villain role. It's also believed that Mad Max: Fury Road actors Angus Sampson and Nathan Jones are going to reprise their roles as the Organic Mechanic and Rictus Erectus. 

George Miller has also confirmed that Quaden Bayles, an Indigenous Australian boy with Dwarfism who went viral after an emotional plea against bullying, has a role in the movie, following his appearance in Miller's Three Thousand Years of Longing.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga trailer

Get revved up with the first official trailer for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga right here:

The second official trailer for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is now available as well. Check it out below:

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga reviews

Read What to Watch's Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga review to see what we thought about the movie.

But if you're curious in the general consensus from critics, the movie is "Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes with a positive score of 89% as of May 24.

George Miller movies

George Miller has quite an eclectic filmography. The Mad Max franchise makes up a good bit of it, dating back to the 1970s, but he also has made plenty of family-friendly movies and straight dramas throughout his career. Here is a look at his entire directing resume: 

  • The Devil in Evening Dress (1975)
  • Mad Max (1979)
  • The Road Warrior (1981)
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" segment (1983)
  • Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome (1985)
  • The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
  • Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
  • Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
  • Happy Feet (2006)
  • Happy Feet Two (2011)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)

Furiosa poster

(Image credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros.)
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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.