Chris Hemsworth 'fired up' for role in Mad Max prequel Furiosa

14 October 2020, 10:19 | Updated: 14 October 2020, 12:33

Chris Hemsworth has said he is "pretty damn fired up" after confirmation he will star in a Mad Max prequel alongside Anya Taylor-Joy.

The Australian actor said it will be an "honour" to appear in George Miller's eagerly awaited follow-up to acclaimed 2015 blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road.

The movie, called Furiosa, will see Taylor-Joy in the title role and will also star 34-year-old American actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

It will explore the story of a character played by Oscar-winner Charlize Theron in Fury Road, which earned praise for its portrayal of the strong female lead part.

Hemsworth, known for playing Thor in the Marvel films, wrote on Instagram: "Pretty damn fired up to be a part of a franchise that meant the world to me as a kid growing up in Australia.

"Mad Max was the pinnacle and a huge reason why I got into the business of telling stories.

"The fact that I'll have the honour of not only being directed by its original visionary in George Miller but also take part in Furiosa's origin story is incredibly exciting."

The 37-year-old said he has "huge respect" for Miller, Theron and her Fury Road co-star Tom Hardy, and added: "I'll do my best to continue the tradition of cinematic badassery."

Australian filmmaker Miller previously said he had considered recasting 45-year-old Theron as Furiosa, using de-aging technology to allow her to explore the character's origins.

However, he has settled on 24-year-old Taylor-Joy, an American-born Argentine-British actress who was partly educated in London.

Taylor-Joy is known for film roles including horror movie Split and its sequel Glass, as well as for appearing in a recent adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma.

Fury Road was a huge critical and commercial success and scored 10 Oscar nominations, including for best picture and best director. It won six, including for costume design and production design.

Mel Gibson starred in the first three Mad Max films.