"Insane" doesn't do this first look at Fury Road justice. "Insane" is too limited a word for the sheer visual gorgeosity, the unbridled post-apocalyptic imagination, the ambition of the action and filmatism on display. This is madness of the highest order.
The trailer debuted during the big Warner Bros. presentation in Hall H on Saturday, when Miller, who created this scorched Earth series back in 1979, took the stage in the San Diego Convention Center's single biggest venue. The crowd's anticipation was stoked by a sort of mega-trailer compiling memorable moments from the three previous Mad Max adventures.
Miller explained that he has had Mad Max: Fury Road in his head for years but never thought he'd actually make another installment. He described chase movies as a pure form of cinema and reiterated that Fury Road is essentially one long chase sequence. It is, he said, a western on wheels, taking place in a world where civilization has no meaning and force is the only law.
This would-be blockbuster will be light on dialogue, as Miller explained that in this burned out landscape, people speak only when they must. As Max Rockatansky, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Locke) apparently has just sixteen lines in the whole movie. As such, Miller didn't rely as much on a traditional screenplay for Fury Road, but instead utilized thousands of storyboards for a story that he said is told in imagery and movement.
The panel, moderated by Chris Hardwick, then went into the first footage from the film, which opens nationwide on May 15, 2015.
This trailer, just released online, is a shortened version of the batshit-insane sizze reel shown in Hall H:
The footage shown in the Con clarified the story a bit more, but not by much. The film is a reboot in that it seeks to rejuvenate a long-dormant property, but it doesn't start from scratch narratively or overwrite what came before. Hardy takes over for Mel Gibson as Max, a man of few words who lost his family when the world as we know it came to an end.
This time, Max joins determined woman of action Furiosa in what is basically a feature-length chase as they and a ragtag band of survivors attempt to cross the blasted wasteland to reach Furiosa's childhood home. Of course, there's a group of crazed and merciless bad guys on their tail the whole way.
Charlize Theron (Prometheus) stars alongside Hardy as Furiosa. The supporting case also includes Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Zoe Kravitz (Divergent), Josh Helman (Jack Reacher), Riley Keough (Magic Mike), Abbey Lee (Gods of Egypt), and Megan Gale (I Love You Too).
Miller revealed that Hugh Kyes-Byrne, who played Toecutter in the original Mad Max, has a substantial role in Mad Max: Fury Road.
His new character, Immorten Joe, is the horrifying-looking villain with a crazy skull mask on the lower half of his face. He's on the last of four character posters that Warner Bros. trotted out for the Comic-Con festivities: