‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ prequel ‘Furiosa’ will be the “largest film ever” made in Australia

Miller in 2016 – ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

At a press conference flanked by stars Chris Hemsworth and acclaimed director George Miller, New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian proclaimed on Tuesday that Furiosa, the sequel to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, will be the “largest film ever” made in Australia’s New South Wales.

Berejiklian explained the flick will inject at least $350 AUD ($270 million) into the state’s economy and create more than 800 jobs, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The post-apocalyptic prequel will center on Charlize Theron‘s Mad Max: Fury Road character: the Imperator Furiosa, who goes rogue and frees a group of enslaved women from the evil Immortan Joe.

The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy will be playing Theron’s character in her younger years; it’s not yet known who Hemsworth and co-star and Watchmen vet Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be playing. 

Mad Max: Fury Road earned more than $375 million worldwide, won six technical Academy Awards, and earned Miller a Best Director Oscar nomination.

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