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First Look At Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron Together In ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

“He’s a rebooted Mad Max, but it’s a new interpretation.” George Miller told us in 2011 about Tom Hardy playing the new anti-hero maverick of the wasteland. “We made it very clear from the outset that it would be crazy to try to impersonate what Mel Gibson had done, but Tom [like] Mel and Heath Ledger; these guys all have very similar kind of maleness, I find. I don’t know, they somehow remind me of big cats—they’re mesmerizing to look and be with, but you don’t know what they’re going to do at any moment.”

And yes, that was a long time ago, but in that same interview Miller told us the story for “Mad Max: Fury Road" was essentially the same core story he came up with in 2003 (when a proper "Mad Max 4" almost shot). It’s been a long and winding road for the film, conceived as a new trilogy and franchise, with the film receiving its 2015 release date,three years after it started shooting. It’s a production that’s almost been veiled in secrecy and for something that shot almost several years ago, it’s almost shocking how few elements or even story bits have been revealed (and that’s possibly because the production started with drama, evidently a lot bigger drama that was reported too, fyi).

Either way, a new, pretty badass image of Hardy as Mad Max alongside a head shaven Charlize Theron has emerged thanks to EW. And Miller is promising nothing short of a white knuckle ride. “I wanted to tell a linear story–a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes,” he said, with the movie apparently featuring very little digital effects and minimal dialogue. “In this crucible of very intense action, the characters are revealed.” A tricky act to pull off, but we dig the ambition.

Co-starring Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley “Mad Max: Fury Road” is due in theaters May 15, 2015. // The Playlist June 25, 2014

Tom comments in EW on the harrowing 7-month-long film shoot in the desert of Namibia: “It was mental in a brilliant way. You have no concrete, no coffee shops. We were in the middle of a sandpit.”

EW’s Apocalypse Issue is available from Friday, June 27.

Photo credit: Jasin Boland for EW

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