FURIOSA Will Premiere at This Year’s Cannes Film Festival

Furiosa will bow at this year's Festival de Cannes! The prestigious film festival recently announced that the highly anticipated prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, will debut in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

Furiosa will bow at this year’s Festival de Cannes! The prestigious film festival recently announced that the highly anticipated prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, will debut in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

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The film will be revealed to attendees by writer, director, and producer George Miller, along with cast members Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, and Tom Burke. It will be among Cannes’ Out of Competition gala screenings at the Grand Théâtre Lumière at the Palais des Festivals on Wednesday, May 15.


Furiosa will be the fifth film in Miller’s long-running Mad Max series of films, which debuted in 1979 with Mad Max. They were followed by Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, and Mad Max: Fury Road. The films showcase a societal and environmental collapse, largely set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Chris Hemsworth in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure “FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Jasin Boland

The latest installment showcases the origin and backstory of Furiosa, first portrayed by Oscar-winner Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. Anya Taylor-Joy takes over the role for this feature since the story depicts the character in her younger days on her road to becoming Immortan Joe’s Imperator and driver as depicted at the start of the previous movie.

Speaking on the Cannes announcement for the film, director George Miller stated, “The idea of this prequel has been with me for over a decade.” He continued, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to return to the Festival de Cannes – along with Anya, Chris, and Tom – to share Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. There is no better place than La Croisette to experience this film with audiences on the world stage.”

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Miller is no stranger to the Festival de Cannes. He served as a jury member before becoming the festival’s President in 2016 for the 69th edition. In 2022, he presented the Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, which was shown Out of Competition.

Warner Bros. Pictures will release Furiosa: A Mad Max saga worldwide starting May 22. It will hit theaters in the US on May 24.

About Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Furiosa A Mad Max Saga - Poster

Release Date: May 15, 2024 (Cannes); May 22, 2024 (International); May 24, 2024 (USA)
Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller and Nico Lathouris
Producers: Doug Mitchell and George Miller
Stunt Coordinator: Guy Norris
Director of Photography: Simon Duggan
Composer: Tom Holkenborg
Sound Designer: Robert Mackenzie
Editor: Eliot Knapman
Production: Village Roadshow Pictures
Distribution: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth

Synopsis: As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.

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SOURCE: Festival de Cannes

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