July 03, 2012
Mad Max 4: Fury Road to film in Cape Town
Filming of the post-apocalyptic action adventure epic Mad Max 4: Fury Road is set to take place in Cape Town later this year – according to unverified reports. This cements the Mother City's growing reputation as the ideal location for international film producers and directors.
The film will star South African-born Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, as well as Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) and is directed by Academy Award winner George Miller (Happy Feet, Babe, Mad Max trilogy).
Details of the film and its production schedule have been shrouded in secrecy but it has been revealed that Namibia has been chosen as the location and certain scenes will be filmed in Cape Town later this year. A close source has also revealed that certain action scenes involving stunts with extras took place a few weeks ago in Muizenberg. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley of Tranformers fame tweeted a pic on location in Namibia along with Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet), Adelaide Clemens and Riley Keough (granddaughter of Elvis Presley). The foursome are said to be playing roles making up the group "the five wives".
Theron has shaved off her blonde locks for her role as Furiosa in Mad Max 4: Fury Road. The film will be shot back to back with Mad Max 5: Furiosa, fueling specualtion that we will be spotting Theron for a little longer in Cape Town. Her shaved head is just part of the preparation for the role which includes stunt training and Muay Thai boxing. She will have paralympic medalist Annabelle Williams as a stunt double, as the character has just one arm.
The Mad Max crew is said to consist of about 700 people. Most of the production support for the fourth Mad Max will come from Cape Town while all the futuristic vehicles will be shipped from Sydney, Australia.
Shooting will take place from July 2012 until December 2012, with an expected release date of early 2013.
The first Mad Max film was directed and written by George Miller and Byron Kennedy and shot as an Australian action movie and released in 1979. Mad Max 2, also known as The Road Warrior, was released in 1981 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985. Mad Max 4 and Mad Max 5 are said to neither be sequels nor prequels but reboots of the franchise.
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