Prometheus star Charlize Theron has confirmed the fourth Mad Max film will begin shooting next month.
"I leave in like two and a half weeks and we start shooting I think around mid-July in Namibia," she told Screenrant. "I'm f***ing dying, too, it's been three years. It's time to skin this cat already, so yeah, I'm very excited about it."
The movie - full title Mad Max: Fury Road - stars Tom Hardy in the title role and will be helmed by the franchise's original director, George Miller. It was originally set to be filmed in Australia, but location scouts were foiled as heavy rain transformed the barren landscape into lush greenery - hence the switch to Namibia in southern Africa.
Theron said she was excited about the character she plays, revealing: "Originally... I was like: 'Uh, I'm not going to play the f***ing girl for Mad Max.' Then I read it and I was like: 'Oh, Mad Max - I feel sorry for you!'
"It's two great characters. It's not the original Mad Max. It's the revamped Mad Max. It's Tom Hardy, who's incredible. So, the whole thing is just very, very exciting."
Theron is currently starring in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, which premiered in London this week and revisits the same universe as Scott's Alien movies. She suggested the two franchises are comparable.
"I feel like the original Mad Max created such a vivid world that to go back and re-imagine it and kind of replay in that sandbox sounds like fun to me," she said. "George has really created a female character that I've never read anything like. I mean, I'm scared s***less!"
by Will Parkhouse