He may have gone "Beyond Thunderdome," but Mad Max has gone way beyond his scheduled return to big screen post-apocalyptic ass-kicking, with a 27-year gap between the Tina Turner-tastic previous film and his latest assless chaps odyssey.
Now Max is done with his pit stop and back on the "Fury Road," at least according to The Daily Telegraph (via The Playlist) who claim that the blockbuster will begin shooting in Namibia this month and is taking supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw along for the ride.
A native of Melbourne, Australia, home of the original trilogy and director George Miller, Kershaw's gap-toothed, piercing princess look is perfect for wandering the wastelands as "part of a convoy known as the 'Five Wives' being pursued by the bad guys." The role was originally intended for Theresa Palmer, who had to back out when the shoot for the first in a planned trilogy got indefinitely delayed last year.
Kershaw will star alongside fellow blonde beauty Charlize Theron as some sort of amputee warrior chick, and Bane himself Tom Hardy, who takes the keys for the V8 Interceptor from Mad Mel Gibson as the title warrior. Word from Collider is he'll be skinny and bearded.
An anonymous source told the Telegraph, "Obviously it's set in a post-apocalyptic world, and women, especially beautiful women, are scarce, so men have been locking them up in cages. Abbey is one of them. She's perfect."
This is a thrill for fans who have waited more than a decade since "Mad Max: Fury Road" was announced for 20th Century Fox back in the early 2000s with Mel still in the lead (and in our good graces) and co-starring Robert Downey Jr. and Heath Ledger. After the Iraq war derailed plans to shoot in Namibia, Miller resuscitated the project at Warner Bros. and was all set to lens in Australia's Broken Hill region before rain washed away their plans and forced them to ship 150 truly sick looking vehicles to Namibia (again) so they could procure that post-nuclear look. Good luck, boys (and girls)!