Director George Miller’s fourth Mad Max film, starring Tom Hardy, will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 14, a day ahead of its worldwide release, reports Yahoo News.
Mad Max: Fury Road is the first film in the post-apocalyptic dystopian series in 30 years, when Max Rockatansky, then portrayed by Mel Gibson, last left fans of the cult trilogy to wander the desert in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
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The announcement marks the much-anticipated return of the Australian director, now 70, whose first film in the franchise became an instant blockbuster in 1979, when Mel Gibson captivated audiences as a rogue policemen on a quest to avenge the deaths of his partner, wife, and son.
Gibson went on to star in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in 1981 and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome in 1985.
Also set in a post-apocalyptic Australia, Fury Road includes action-packed death matches, while Tom Hardy’s Max teams up with a mysterious woman, named Furiousa, (Charlize Theron) to try to survive.
Watch the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer:
The 68th Cannes Film Festival will be held between May 13 and 24.
Mad Max: Fury Road will make its U.S. debut on May 15.