Mad Max Furiosa: Anya Taylor-Joy sports messy brown hair and a CGI glove as she films in Sydney

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Hollywood darling Anya Taylor-Joy has been spotted for the first time on the set of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road prequel, Furiosa. 

Dressed as her character Furiosa, the 26-year-old American actress looked worlds away from her usually polished, stylish self while filming in front of a green screen in Sydney’s South on Wednesday. 

Swapping her trademark platinum locks for a messy, matted brown hair-do, the star was almost unrecognisable on set. 

Hollywood darling Anya Taylor-Joy, 26, (centre) was spotted for the first time on the set of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road prequel, Furiosa, this week 

Her costume consisted of a dirt-stained brown T-shirt and loose trousers.  

Anya also wore a green glove, which will be used in post-production to create her character Furiosa’s prosthetic arm. 

The star was surrounded by other actors all dressed in post-apocalyptic inspired garb. 

Dressed as her character, Furiosa, the American actress looked worlds away from her usually polished, stylish self while filming in front of a green screen in Sydney's South on Wednesday

Dressed as her character, Furiosa, the American actress looked worlds away from her usually polished, stylish self while filming in front of a green screen in Sydney’s South on Wednesday

Swapping her trademark platinum locks for a messy, matted brown hair-do, the star was almost unrecognisable on set. Anya is pictured left with blonde locks in April, and right on-set with brown hair on Wednesday 

Mad Max Furiosa tells the origin story of a young Imperator Furiosa, a war captain who betrays her leader, the villainous Immortan Joe.

The character was originally portrayed by Charlize Theron in the 2015 blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road. 

Before filming, Theron volunteered to shave her head to get into character, although it’s not known whether Anya will follow suit for her appearance. 

Her costume consisted of a dirt-stained brown T-shirt and loose trousers

Her costume consisted of a dirt-stained brown T-shirt and loose trousers

Anya also wore a green glove, which will be used in post-production to create her character Furiosa's prosthetic arm

Anya also wore a green glove, which will be used in post-production to create her character Furiosa’s prosthetic arm

Anya has enjoyed a stratospheric rise to fame in recent years thanks to her role in Netflix drama The Queens Gambit, as well as films Emma and The Northman, in which she stars alongside Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman. 

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Meanwhile, there was plenty of other action going on around the sprawling film set on Wednesday. 

Hoards of extras, presumably playing slaves, were seen milling about in dusty, tattered outfits. 

Mad Max Furiosa tells the origin story of a young Imperator Furiosa, a war captain who betrays her leader, the villainous Immortan Joe

Mad Max Furiosa tells the origin story of a young Imperator Furiosa, a war captain who betrays her leader, the villainous Immortan Joe

The character was originally portrayed by Charlize Theron in the 2015 blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road

The character was originally portrayed by Charlize Theron in the 2015 blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road

Hoards of extras, presumably playing slaves, were seen milling about in dusty, tattered outfits

Hoards of extras, presumably playing slaves, were seen milling about in dusty, tattered outfits

Many of them carried large woven baskets, presumably containing water or food supplies

Many of them carried large woven baskets, presumably containing water or food supplies

Many of them carried large woven baskets, presumably containing water or food supplies. 

Other actors who appeared to be portraying tyrants wore leather kilts, masks and neck-pieces while clutching Medieval-style weapons. 

There was also a group of men covered in white paint riding around on horses and motorbikes. 

Before filming, Theron volunteered to shave her head to get into character, although it's not known whether Anya will follow suit for her appearance

Before filming, Theron volunteered to shave her head to get into character, although it’s not known whether Anya will follow suit for her appearance

Other actors who appeared to be portraying tyrants wore leather kilts, masks and neck-pieces while clutching Medieval-style weapons

Other actors who appeared to be portraying tyrants wore leather kilts, masks and neck-pieces while clutching Medieval-style weapons

There was also a group of men covered in white paint riding around on horses and motorbikes

There was also a group of men covered in white paint riding around on horses and motorbikes

A large green screen also punctuated the set, suggesting the film will include plenty of special effects when it hits cinemas

 A large green screen also punctuated the set, suggesting the film will include plenty of special effects when it hits cinemas

A large green screen also punctuated the set, suggesting the film will include plenty of special effects when it hits cinemas.

The extras were provided with blankets when the cameras weren’t rolling.

Not seen on-set were Anya’s famous co-stars Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky. 

The extras were provided with blankets when the cameras weren't rolling

The extras were provided with blankets when the cameras weren’t rolling

Not seen on-set were Anya's famous co-stars Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky

Not seen on-set were Anya’s famous co-stars Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky

Anya arrived in Sydney in May ahead of filming Furiosa, accompanied by her partner Malcolm McRae, who she reportedly married in June

Anya arrived in Sydney in May ahead of filming Furiosa, accompanied by her partner Malcolm McRae, who she reportedly married in June

Anya arrived in Sydney in May ahead of filming Furiosa, accompanied by her partner Malcolm McRae, who she reportedly married in June.  

Franchise creator Miller is the director and co-writer of Furiosa, alongside Nico Lathouris, as well as his long-time producing partner Doug Mitchell. 

Miller has described the prequel as ‘a saga’ that will be told over a 15-year period, which is much different from Fury Road, which spanned three days in its timeframe.

Miller has described the prequel as 'a saga' that will be told over a 15-year period, which is much different from Fury Road, which spanned three days in its timeframe

Miller has described the prequel as ‘a saga’ that will be told over a 15-year period, which is much different from Fury Road, which spanned three days in its timeframe

Meanwhile, a development application (DA) to the Sutherland Shire Council indicates that filming is expected to last until October

Meanwhile, a development application (DA) to the Sutherland Shire Council indicates that filming is expected to last until October

Last year, former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the highly anticipated Mad Max prequel would be filmed locally

Last year, former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the highly anticipated Mad Max prequel would be filmed locally

Berejiklian said it would be the 'largest film ever to be filmed here', creating 850 jobs and injecting at least $350million into the local economy

Berejiklian said it would be the ‘largest film ever to be filmed here’, creating 850 jobs and injecting at least $350million into the local economy

Meanwhile, a development application (DA) to the Sutherland Shire Council indicates that filming is expected to last until October.

Last year, former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the highly anticipated Mad Max prequel would be filmed locally.

Berejiklian said it would be the ‘largest film ever to be filmed here’, creating 850 jobs and injecting at least $350million into the local economy.

She went on to praise the movie’s cast and crew, and said the production would ‘showcase Australian talent at its best’.

‘Chris, who’s made Australia his home, he’s a global superstar and works here in NSW, and I couldn’t feel prouder about him and his generation of actors that are really continuing to put Australia on the map,’ she said.

Mad Max Furiosa is scheduled for release in 2024.

Mad Max Furiosa is scheduled for release in 2024

Mad Max Furiosa is scheduled for release in 2024

How ‘Furiosa’ fits into the Mad Max universe 

Mad Max is a post-apocalyptic action film series created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy.

The story takes place in a desolate Australian wasteland where society is on the brink of war due to a global oil crisis. 

The original 1979 film was created with an extremely small budget yet went on to earn global box office success.  

 Furiosa is a prequel to the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, and well tell the origin story of a young Imperator Furiosa (Anya Taylor-Joy.), originally played by Charlize Theron. 

 The titular role was played Mel Gibson in the first three films, with Tom Hardy taking over as Max in the fourth film. 

 While the timeline for the Mad Max saga is not concrete, Furiosa takes place somewhere between Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road.  

Below is the Mad Max movie saga in chronological order:  

Mad Max (1979) 

A vengeful policeman named Max Rockatansky embarks on a mission to stop a violent motorcycle gang after losing his family amid the chaos of post-apocalyptic Australia. 

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)  

Five years after the events of Mad Max, a cynical, worn-out Rockatansky is still on the road, scavenging for food and fuel with his dog. 

He agrees to help a small, gasoline-rich community escape a horde of bandits – for a price. 

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) 

Fifteen years after the events of The Road Warrior, Rockatansky is still drifting through the desert, after being exiled from the most advanced town in post-apocalyptic Australia by a ruthless queen. 

He runs into a group of abandoned children, with plans to rebel against the town’s queen. 

Furiosa (2024)

The origin story of renegade warrior Furiosa before she teams up with Max in ‘Fury Road’.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman named Furiosda rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland. 

She is assisted by a group of female prisoners, a mad worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

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