In a new interview with MTV's Josh Horowitz, Charlize Theron says a bunch of stuff I think we can all agree with.
"I would love to bring (Furiosa) back to life! Are you kidding? It was such an honor. It was a humbling experience, to have people react to something like that that you went and worked your balls off on...it was really, really nice.
... I can see how people are kind of responding to her. I look at my little girl and I’m like, ’Yeah, I’d love to play this woman again.'”
Yes. All of this is totally understandable. People loved Mad Max: Fury Road, they loved Furiosa, they appreciated the hard work that went into the making of the film, and it only makes sense that Theron would be interested in revisiting what may end up being the most iconic character of her career (yes, even moreso than the role she won an Oscar for). People are going to be excited to hear this quote!
But is there a spot for Furiosa in the next Mad Max sequel? As recently as last October, George Miller made it sound unlikely, but - if I can engage in some Real Talk™ here for a minute - I'm not entirely convinced that anyone, Miller included, knows precisely what's happening with the sequel to Mad Max: Fury Road. I say this not only as a fan, but as the guy who's become Birth.Movies.Death.'s unofficial Mad Max correspondent.
Go back and look through the Birth.Movies.Death. archives and you'll find a handful of stories about this very subject, all of which seem to indicate that the very concept of a Mad Max: Fury Road sequel is fluid. First it was assumed to be one movie, then it explicitly became two movies. In this post, Miller says Furiosa's not in "the (sequel) story", but does have an interaction with Max in another "one of the stories". Got it.
Look, if anything's remained constant through all this, it's Miller's insistence that he do a smaller, quieter film before heading back into the wasteland. I personally believe that's the only thing we can count on for the time being.
I hope George Miller makes another Mad Max (maybe even two of 'em), and I'd love to see Furiosa again. But let's keep all this back-and-forth in mind before anyone gets worked up over the possibility of Theron returning to the franchise. As we've previously noted, that would be a serious break in tradition for the series...but more importantly, I think it's putting the cart before the horse. Let's let George Miller make his smaller movie, then we can start getting worked up about what'll happen (and who'll appear) in the next Mad Max.