Charlize Theron is currently promoting Atomic Blonde, a hot new action movie she hopes leads to a franchise. She tells Variety as much in a new cover story interview, and given its John Wick comparisons (Atomic Blonde is directed by Wick codirector/producer David Leitch), that could very well happen. As for her other potential franchises, she offers new info on her roles in future Mad Max and Fast & Furious movies.
She's ready for more Furiosa:
Theron tells Variety she'd "love to" do more Mad Max and is just waiting on writer-director George Miller. She explains of the possible future installments:
There were three scripts. They were written as backstories to Max’s character and to Furiosa’s character. But at the end of the day, this thing lives and breathes with George. I think Warner Bros. knows that. We are all waiting for him to show us the way.
She reveals Furiosa almost looked very different:
Theron as Furiosa, with her shaved head and mechanical appendage, was immediately iconic upon release of Mad Max: Fury Road, but that version of the character was not the original plan. She reveals:
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.
Apparently, we can thank Theron (and also Snow White and the Huntsman, which is the movie she'd just finished promoting) for what we got:
I had just finished a big press tour. I’d come home. I was just so done with hair and makeup. The idea of going into a desert for 140 days, and [not?] having to do hair and makeup every single day. I was so excited about diving into this character, I didn’t want anything to hold me back from that. I think it came from that, just pure exhaustion from hair and makeup. How do I eliminate everything I possibly can and get straight to the business at hand?
She might not be back for Fast & Furious 9:
A lot of rumors are circulating this week about the next Fast & Furious sequel, mainly that it's headed to space. Will Theron be back as villain Cipher (spoiler: she doesn't die in The Fate of the Furious)? She's not sure. Her update:
I don’t know. 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.
She might have made stuntmen cry while making Atomic Blonde:
Now, here's a new featurette on Atomic Blonde focused on Theron's training and choreography for the fight scenes, how they were tailor-made to be more realistic for a woman and why she had to buy the stuntmen a lot of alcohol at the end of each day: