Tom Hardy is one of the biggest stars to come out of 2010 with a major career boost. He stole the spotlight in Inception, earned a prime supporting role in The Dark Knight Rises, and did we mention he’s the new Mad Max? The British actor is picking up where Mel Gibson left off in George Miller’s Australian, desert epic. Even though the film has been in development for a while, they’ve yet to settle on a production start date — or have they?

According to The Daily Telegragh, Miller is looking to start filming Fury Road in early 2012. The film has been delayed multiple times for various reasons, and the director anxiously wants to get things going.

“We’ve built the vehicles,” Miller says, “We’ve designed the movie. The principal cast is locked in. The film is funded. It’s all ready to go. We just wait.”

Miller’s not making just one film, he’s shooting two sequels back to back: Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max: Furiosa. The reason behind their new production start is weather. They’re looking to dodge the excessive rain that has ruined their Australian desert location.

Hopefully, when the new year comes around they can immediately get to work. A lot of people want to see if Hardy can pull off such an iconic role. Plus, we want to see him in those famous leather pants. Bring on Max!

Do you think Mad Max will ever start production? Are you excited to see the film?