Anya Taylor-Joy opens up about “mental strength” needed for ‘Mad Max’ spin-off

"It's emotional strength, it's physical strength, it's mental strength."

Anya Taylor-Joy has revealed new details about her preparation for the upcoming Mad Max spin-off Furiosa.

The actor will star as the lead in the film, which charts the origins of the female warrior originally played by Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road.

‘My preparation is just about becoming strong enough to be able to carry this film,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

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“That’s what it is. It’s emotional strength, it’s physical strength, it’s mental strength. I cannot wait. I’m so excited.”

She also confirmed a light detail on the film’s concept. “It wouldn’t be Mad Max, if there were not vehicles of some sort,” she said.

Anya Taylor-Joy
Anya Taylor-Joy. CREDIT: Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage

The film is currently slated for a 2024 release, and Chris Hemsworth and Candyman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will co-star alongside Taylor-Joy.

Speaking as part of Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ series, Joy spoke about the upcoming film with her Emma co-star Josh O’Connor.

“The thing that makes me most excited about Furiosa is, number one, George Miller,” she said.

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“That brain is incredible. I feel so lucky and privileged to spend time with him, and to grow alongside him.”

The Argentine-British actress has, however, received some stick from her family for how she pronounces her character’s name.

“My dad gives me a lot of hell because we speak Spanish, he calls her, ‘Furiosa,’” said Joy in a Spanish accent. “And I’m like, it’s an English-speaking film. But, like, ‘OK Daddy.’”

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