Charlize Theron's upcoming role in the 2017 action feature Atomic Blonde has all the hallmarks of a franchised character. The David Leitch title is said to be a badass Bond movie on steroids as it channels the workings of John Wick with clever fighting sequences, raw violence and a thrilling soundtrack to complement the on screen spectacle.
As the actress was out promoting the picture with Variety, she was quizzed about another iconic figure the South African native has taken on - Furiosa. As talk of a spinoff/prequel from 2015's Mad Mad: Fury Road has been slated behind the scenes, Theron has put her robotic hand up for an installment that George Miller will mastermind.
Miller's Furiosa Vision Hopeful of Smoother Start Than Fury Road
Although she battled through her relationship with lead man Tom Hardy on the set of the blockbuster, Theron was eager to jump into a film that would be focused solely on the backstory of her character Furiosa.
"I'd love to," she replied. "There were three scripts. They were written as back stories to Max's character and to Furiosa's character. But at the end of the day, this thing lives and breathes with (director) George (Miller). I think Warner Brothers knows that. We are all waiting for him to show us the way."
Her enthusiasm comes despite a string of missteps taken by the studio and Miller himself. As the reboot struggled to get the camera's rolling. One initial plan had Furiosa and her cohorts drenched in white warpaint where she would have been an albino as opposed to a down and dirty warrior.
"Originally, (George) liked this idea that even though they were in the desert, something happened and people actually turned albino. They became these white ghosts. I had this white hair, kind of like Abbey Lee (Kershaw's) character. It was very much like that: blonde, bleached, very pale skin, no eyebrows. We played around with African war paint. It would have been a completely different film."
Non-Committal Charlize Keeps Her Fast Options Open
If the 41-year old threw her chips in for that project, a return to the Fast and Furious series appeared at long odds. Playing the dreaded villain Cipher for this year's latest romp The Fate of the Furious, Theron simply left the subject for others to speculate on.
“I don’t know,” Theron remarked. “I have no idea if they’ll have me back. Look, I love everybody at Universal. We’re going to have conversations. We’ll see where it goes.”