Furiosa Director Explains Why He Decided Against De-Aging Charlize Theron for Mad Max Prequel

Furiosa Director Reveals Reason for Not Using De-Aging Technology on Charlize Theron in Mad Max Prequel

George Miller, the director behind “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” shared his reasons for choosing not to cast Charlize Theron in the prequel. Instead of using de-aging technology, he opted for Anya Taylor-Joy to play the younger Furiosa.

Charlize Theron, known for her role as Furiosa in 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” felt heartbroken over not being recast. However, in a conversation with Empire magazine, Miller revealed his rationale for selecting Anya Taylor-Joy over de-aging Theron for the part.

Miller initially considered de-aging Theron for the role. Yet, after seeing the technology used by renowned directors like Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese in “Gemini Man” and “The Irishman,” he remained unconvinced. He felt the technology’s focus would detract from the story, making the experience less immersive.

Anya Taylor-Joy was chosen to portray a younger Furiosa after receiving a recommendation from Edgar Wright, the director of “Last Night in Soho.” Miller felt an intuitive connection with Taylor-Joy, recognizing qualities in her that made her perfect for the role.

Taylor-Joy’s determination, rigor, and mysterious aura, coupled with her background in ballet, mirrored Theron’s. Miller saw these traits as essential for the character of Furiosa.

Digital de-aging has gained popularity, with notable examples including a younger Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” and various actors in “The Irishman.” Despite its growing use, some filmmakers, like Christopher McQuarrie of “Dead Reckoning,” choose to avoid it.

In “Furiosa,” Taylor-Joy takes on the role of the younger version of Theron’s character from “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Trailers have teased her portrayal of the fierce warrior, setting the stage for her full debut in the movie, which is set to release on May 24.

Adele Ankers-Range, a freelance entertainment writer for IGN, shares more insights on her X/Twitter account @AdeleAnkers.