Charlize Theron Won't Be in Any 'Mad Max' Sequels -- But She Could Still Get an Oscar!

by John Boone 11:01 AM PDT, October 13, 2015
Photo: Warner Bros.

Academy Award winner Imperator Furiosa? We like the sound of that.

Warner Bros. seems to have high hopes for Mad Max: Fury Road at next year’s Oscars. Film critic Mike McGranaghan tweeted a “For Your Consideration” ad revealing that the Mad Max reboot will angle for Best Picture, while stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult could compete for Best Actor, Actress and Supporting Actor, respectively.

Sidebar: Yes! Theron is definitely a Lead Actress contender, not Supporting, as some studios might want to position her. It was basically her movie, after all. Max was just around for the ride.

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Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Should Theron get a nomination -- it’s a crowded race this year -- it would make the following news even more crushing: Director George Miller says Theron’s Furiosa is (probably) not in the sequel.

"I'm not sure, is the answer," he told Digital Spy. "She's not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories there's an interaction between [Max and Furiosa]. I can't really say more than that because it's still in progress."

Miller previously revealed that in the time it took him to get one Mad Max movie made, he had written two more scripts for the sequels, with the first potentially titled Mad Max: The Wasteland.

It makes sense that Theron wouldn’t be in the next installment, considering the precedent of past Mad Max movies, as well as how Fury Road ended. (Spoiler alert: Furiosa kills Immortan Joe and brings peace to the Citadel, effectively completing her story.)

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Still, you have to wonder: If a male character in a blockbuster movie was as insanely popular as Theron’s Furiosa became, would the studio find a way -- any way -- to bring him back?

At least we can feel confident that whatever females end up in The Wasteland, they’ll probably continue to be just as badass.

“I think George didn’t have a feminist agenda up his sleeve. It’s just very truthful,” Theron once said. “ I really applaud him for that. When we use the word feminism, people get a little freaked out. It’s like we’re somehow being put on a pedestal. George has this innate understanding that women are just as complex and interesting as men. Through just his need and want for the truth, he actually made an incredible feminist movie.”

Now, find out what Theron told ET about her Furiosa transformation: