Three decades after Thunderdome, the saga of “Mad” Max Rockatansky will continue with Mad Max: Fury Road, which just released a mind-boggling new trailer stuffed with explosions and catastrophic high-speed calamity.
Mad Max: Fury Road finds Tom Hardy portraying the titular road warrior — made famous by Mel Gibson — who joins up with a caravan led by Charlize Theron’s character, Imperator Furiosa, trying to cross the desert. Among the other travelers are a handful of women sprung from the clutches of the nefarious Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played Toecutter in the original Mad Max), a man hellbent on retrieving his “property.”
The trailer offers an alluring look at the wild chase that ensues. The modified trucks and cars are suitably outrageous — one, tricked out with a bevy of amps and speakers, is helmed by a maniac wielding a double-neck guitar/flame thrower — and the mayhem they bring is gloriously hyper-stylized, especially when set against a barren desert backdrop.
Mad Max: Fury Road was directed and co-written by franchise mastermind George Miller (also, oddly enough, responsible for family-friendly films like Happy Feet and Babe), and marks his first film in the series since 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Miller initially teased Fury Road during a panel at Comic-Con last summer, while the film’s first eye-popping trailer arrived in December.
“I love chase movies; I think they’re the purest form of cinema,” Miller told the Comic-Con audience, per the Sydney Morning Herald. “That’s where the film language started. I wanted to make one long, extended chase, and see what we could pick up about the characters along the way.”
Mad Max: Fury Road is scheduled to open on May 15th.