Australia’s loss has been Namibia’s gain, with Sydney director George Miller finally rolling the cameras on his re-booted Mad Max franchise nearly a decade after starting work on the project, and four decades since the original.

After spending months in pre-production from his Sydney base, Miller has arrived in July 2012 on set to join the big-name cast, which has been deep in rehearsals in the Namibian desert, where Miller’s post-apocalyptic vision of outback Australia is being realised.

Miller was weeks away from shooting the $100 million blockbuster near Broken Hill, Australia last year, where he shot the original starring Mel Gibson in 1979 for just $350,000.

However heavy rainfalls transformed the stark outback landscape with a thick carpet of wildflowers and greenery, unsuitable for the bleak world of Mad Max and the leather-clad, savage tribes who roam it.

On-set instagram pic from Rose Huntington Whitley 

Taking on the titular role of Max is British actor Tom Hardy, who has grown a bushy beard for the role. He has been joined on set by the female lead in the film, South Africa’s Charlize Theron, who has shaved her trademark long blonde locks for her role as the one-armed villain, Furiosa.

But it is the support cast who are attracting all the attention, with Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley KeoughLenny Kravitz’s daughter Zoe Kravitz, Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, emerging Australian starlet Adelaide Clemens and Australian supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw. The ladies each play one of the “five wives” in the film that are taken from one place to another throughout the flick.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sits on a sand dune with her Mad Max: Fury Road co-stars Riley Keough and Zoe Kravitz in Namibia.

25-year-old British model and actress Rosie Huntington Whitely seems to be relishing the experience. She posted the photos on her Instagram along with beautiful views of the landscapes in the desert.

“life changes so quickly. feeling grateful to be around such wonderful people to strengthen and grow with. I’m quite partial to a @RHW,” Riley tweeted to her new pal.

On-set instagram pic from Rose Huntington Whitley 

Filming is due to continue until the first week of December, however Namibians are already bemused by the array of contraptions Miller has brought into the desert.

Giant, rusty, industrial-looking sets have sprung up along with a bizarre assortment of ”road warriors”, some the size of semi trailers, adorned with spikes and huge speakers, have been spotted tearing up the desert sands, including Max’s original Interceptor that appears to have made a comeback. Word is that there are more than 140 drivers (out of the 800 production staff on set) to take the vehicles through their paces. Talk about “Off beat!”

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Sources:

Excerpted from The Sydney Morning Herald – www.smh.com.au, and Just Jared - www.justjared.com

 

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