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Published On: Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

Charlize Theron open to a ‘Mad Max Fury Road’ prequel, have to wait on George Miller

In Variety’s cover story, Charlize Theron revealed that she hopes that her new action thriller Atomic Blonde spawns a multi-film franchise and that she’d love to play the one-armed Imperator Furiosa in a prequel to Max Mad: Fury Road.

When asked about another Mad Max film, Theron said: “I’d love to…There were three scripts. They were written as back stories to Max’s character and to Furiosa’s character. But at the end of the day, this thing lives and breathes with [director] George [Miller]. I think Warner Bros. knows that. We are all waiting for him to show us the way.”

Fury Road grossed $378.9 million worldwide and won six Oscars and Theron credits for getting Atomic Blonde to cinemas.

Theron revealed she had less of a punk rock look in one version of Miller’s concepts.

“Originally, [George] liked this idea that even though they were in the desert, something happened and people actually turned albino,” Theron says. “They became these white ghosts. I had this white hair, kind of like Abbey Lee [Kershaw’s] character. It was very much like that: blonde, bleached, very pale skin, no eyebrows. We played around with African war paint. It would have been a completely different film.”

But after the release of Snow White and the Huntsman, Theron wanted to shave her head.

“I had just finished a big press tour,” Theron says. “I’d come home — I was just so done with hair and makeup. The idea of going into a desert for 140 days, and having to do hair and makeup every single day. I was so excited about diving into this character, I didn’t want anything to hold me back from that. It think it came from that — just pure exhaustion from hair and makeup. How do I eliminate everything I possibly can and get straight to the business at hand?”

As for The Fast and the Furious franchise, Theron sounds less certain about whether she’s returning for the next film, after playing a hacker in this spring’s The Fate of the Furious.

“I don’t know,” she says. “I have no idea if they’ll have me back. Look, I love everybody at Universal. We’re going to have conversations. We’ll see where it goes.”

Theron stars in Atomic Blonde with James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones.

Atomic Blonde arrives in theaters July 28, 2017.

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