If reports doing the rounds online are anything to go by, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth is being eyed for a role in the hotly-anticipated Mad Max prequel.
Warner Bros. is bent on roping in the Extraction star to portray a new character called Dementus, according to TheIlluminerdi. “He is breathtakingly handsome. An angel’s face, scarred by a deep forehead wound stitched together with shiny chrome staples,” the character description reads.
Hemsworth hasn’t signed up for the role yet, and it is also unclear whether the new character will be an antagonist or a protagonist in the adventure, which is set prior to Mad Max: Fury Road. There’s also hearsay about 24-year-old actress Anya Taylor-Joy being considered for the lead role.
Much to the chagrin of Charlize Theron fans, the 45-year-old American-South African actress will not be reprising the popular role of Furiosa, who made her appearance in Mad Max: Fury Road, as director George Miller wants to replace her with a younger actress for the prequel.
Referencing the Australian director’s decision to replace her, the Oscar winner said, “It’s a tough one to swallow. Listen, I fully respect George, if not more so in the aftermath of making Fury Road with him.” She admitted that not being part of the beloved franchise is a little heartbreaking, but wished Miller nothing but the best.
Miller, 75, had planned to use the de-aging CGI on Charlize, but later admitted that the technology isn’t good enough to be adopted at the moment. He went on to explain that he thought they could use CG de-aging on Charlize, but much to their chagrin found that their plan can’t come to fruition as the technology isn’t perfect yet.
co-written, co-produced, and directed by George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road turned out to be a massive hit. Miller also helmed the original film dubbed Mad Max, and sequels Mad Max 2 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Aside from Theron, the reboot featured Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, and Tom Hardy as titular character Max Rockatansky.