Furiosa’s Anya Taylor-Joy Snagged the Role Thanks to Edgar Wright and a Classic ’70s Movie

Mad Max Furiosa: How Anya Taylor-Joy Was Cast

If you watch the scene, you can see why it could be a good gauge for Furiosa—it’s certainly furious, but there’s a pathos and sense of betrayal underneath it that would serve someone noble at heart trying to survive in the Mad Max hellscape. To put it another way, Furiosa needs to have more depth than just fury, and if Taylor-Joy could perform the Network scene, she’d be a perfect lead. And that’s exactly what happened, according to Miller:

“Apart from the brilliance of the writing, [the speech] is a piece that can be done to camera. It doesn’t need an acting partner. Anya did one version, which was really good. Then I gave her just a couple of simple notes about intention and she just absolutely nailed [it]. I think it was done on an iPhone. I sent it to the studio. I explained why I thought she was right for the role. I said I was really happy to talk about it but it was so persuasive that we didn’t need to talk.”

I don’t think Anya Taylor-Joy is particularly indebted to Edgar Wright, George Miller, the makers of Network, or whoever sold her an iPhone; clearly, her talent is what got her the role. But everyone who’s looking forward to Furiosa might want to send all those folks a thank-you note or two.

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