Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were considered for roles
While preparing for Mad Max: Fury Road in 2001, director George Miller considered casting Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were once considered for roles in Mad Max: Fury Road. Australian director George Miller’s film is the fourth in the madmax franchise, which began with the surprise success of the low-budget 1979 original and paved the way for lead actor Mel Gibson‘s subsequent stardom. road of fury revisited the vehicular dystopia three decades after its predecessor was released, hitting theaters in 2015 to rave reviews from critics.
Although the film is relatively light on plot, Mad Max: Fury Road sees series protagonist Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) inadvertently caught up in Imperator Furiosa’s (Charlize Theron) plan to help a group of women escape cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Furiosa, a senior officer in Joe’s army, suddenly flees in an armored truck, while Max, who had been captured by the cult, decides to follow and help their cause. Impeccable craftsmanship and stunning action have led to road of furyis on many lists of the best of the 2010s, with several critics calling it one of the greatest action films ever made.
However, Miller’s film took quite a long journey from page to page, which Kyle Buchanan tells in his next book, Blood, Sweat and Chrome: The Wild True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road. In a passage the writer shares on Twitter, a number of people involved in pre-production recall an initial casting discussion held in 2001, just after the storyboards were completed. Unsure that Gibson was ready to reprise his role, Miller at one point pushed for two of Hollywood’s biggest names: Pitt and Jolie. Check out the original post below:
From what James Nicholas, Miller’s former executive assistant, says, Pitt was being considered for the role of Max himself, while Jolie would certainly have been in the running for Furiosa. That, of course, would have been a few years before the two actors became Hollywood’s biggest power couple, with 2001 seeing the release of Pitt’s oceanis eleven and Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The alternate cast, especially at this time in their respective careers, should be tantalizing to fans.
It is also very revealing of the duration road of fury passed through development hell – having been conceived in the 80s and 90s, plans to finally shoot it in 2001 were eventually derailed by 9/11, with a subsequent attempt cut short by the start of the Iraq War. Ultimately, filming took place in 2012 with Hardy and Theron in the lead roles, and while it’s certainly fun to imagine what it might have looked like with Pitt and Jolie sharing the screen, fans can hardly regret the way things turned out. The prequel movie Furiosa is next in line, with Anya Taylor-Joy playing the lead role, and hopefully this pandemic isn’t just the first in another long series of disasters that’s setting Miller back on the big screen.
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Source: Kyle Buchanan / Blood, sweat and chrome
- Furious (2023)Release date: June 23, 2023
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