Furiosa Star Calls Her Experience Working on George Miller’s Mad Max Spinoff ‘Absolutely Insane’


  • Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
    tells the origin story of the fearless Furiosa, forced to work for a powerful warlord in a post-apocalyptic world.
  • Australian actress Alyla Browne plays the young Furiosa, earning praise from director George Miller for her resemblance to the character.
  • Browne is thrilled to be part of this post-apocalyptic epic, already having seen the film which has received rave early reviews.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is ready to burst onto movie screens here in the United States in less than two weeks, and one of the highlights of the film is getting to see Imperator Furiosa’s transformation from a helpless child to the warrior she becomes. Playing the younger version of Anya Taylor-Joy’s titular character is Australian actress Alyla Browne, who is fresh off of starring in the creature feature, Sting, which was directed by fellow Aussie, Kiah Roach-Turner.

Speaking with Variety for Furious’s world premiere at Cannes this week, the 14-year-old Browne says the entire experience of working on George Miller’s epic saga was “absolutely insane.” Despite the insanity, though, she knows she’s extremely fortunate to have worked with an incredible cast. Check out her comments below.

“It’s absolutely insane. I’m really lucky to work with all these amazing people. But it is insane.”

Alyla Browne has amassed an impressive resume in just a few short years, playing the daughter of Nicole Kidman in Nine Perfect Strangers, the granddaughter of Sigourney Weaver in The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, a younger version of Tilda Swinton in George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing, and the lead role in Sting, which saw her battling a giant spider alongside Ryan Corr and Penelope Mitchell.

It was on the set of Three Thousand Years of Longing that Miller first took notice of the young Browne while she was doing the middle splits between takes. Browne says they were in “an old mental asylum of all places,” and that the maneuver was just a way to keep busy between takes. It was then that Miller first noticed the resemblance between the young actress and his character of Furiosa, saying, as she recalls:

“Wow, that’s strange, you remind me of a young Furiosa.”

Alyla Browne Says She’s in One of the ‘Coolest Post-apocalyptic Films in the World’

A year after her appearance in Three Thousand Years of Longing, Browne found herself once again with director George Miller, this time on a Zoom call to discuss Furiosa. She says that she was offered the part fairly quickly, and that Miller probably had already cast her in his head before she’d officially signed on. She described the acclaimed auteur as having “a very visual brain.”

“He has a very visual brain, so he probably visualizes each actor in that character before he says they’ve been cast. In his head, they are the character.”



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Aside from Browne and Anya Taylor-Joy, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga also stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, Nathan Jones, and Lacey Hume. The post-apocalyptic saga is something right up Browne’s alley, and despite it being rated R, she says she’s already seen it.

“I’m in it, I’m allowed.”

“I actually love things that are post-apocalyptic, and I’m in one of the biggest, coolest post-apocalyptic films in the world… which is incredible.”

First reactions to the film have been incredible thus far. Moviegoers who had the privilege of an early viewing have called it everything from “a visceral triumph,” to “epic in every sense of the word.”

Audiences across the nation can add their own adjectives to the mix when
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
hits theaters on May 24, 2024.