charlize theron and tom hardy cast mad max 4

It’s official! Charlize Theron and British actor Tom Hardy are both in negotiations to star in Mad Max 4 aka Fury Road. Just last week we reported on speculation that the two actors were taking on the leads in the long awaited sequel and according to THR, it’s been confirmed.

According to the trade, Hardy has been knighted the new “Max Rockatansky, the hardened ex-cop in a future beset by gas shortages and marauding gangs.” Director George Miller stated on previous occasions that he wasn’t particularly interested in Mel Gibson reprising the role that he played 24 years ago for another movie. This time he decided to take a youthful approach by casting Hardy instead.

Theron has just been classified as the female lead, and we’re unsure of her character traits at the moment. As for the film’s story, it’s being kept under lock and key but a few hints show a connection to 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which keeps Mad Max relatively young.

With the two leads nailed down, perhaps we can finally get some serious movement on this film. Fury Road has been in development for years, and no one really knew if it was going to happen or not. I’m happy with the choices the director made, and I think both actors will do a great job in their respective parts.

Shortly after rumors of Hardy and Theron surfaced last week, more casting speculation leaked suggesting that Sam Worthington would fill Gibson’s coveted role. Thank God that didn’t happen. Nothing against the actor, but I think Sam needs a break from iconic action heroes for a while. He’s so much more than that.

What do you think of Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron being cast in Fury Road?