‘Mad Max 4: Fury Road’ plot details and character names revealed

New sequel stars Tom Hardy in the title role and began shooting in Namibia last month

The first official synopsis for Mad Max 4 has been released.

Mad Max: Fury Road will star Tom Hardy in the title role made famous by Mel Gibson in three films released between 1979 and 1985. Charlize Theron will co-star as a character called Imperator Furiosa.

The new sequel is being directed by Mad Max creator George Miller and began shooting last month (July). In a press statement, Miller described the storyline as follows: “Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.”

The press statement also revealed the names of additional personnel from the film. Former Skins star Nicholas Hoult will portray a figure called Nux, while other key characters are called Slit, Miss Giddy, Rictus Erectus and Coma Doof-Warrior. The film’s script has been written by Miller with British comic book artist Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris, a former Heartbreak High actor who had a small role in the original Mad Max film.

In June (2012), it was revealed that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will also appear as one of “The Wives”. Her character’s name has now been confirmed as Splendid, while the other Wives are called Capable, Fragile, The Dag and Toast.

Mad Max: 4 is currently being filmed in Namibia, Africa. Miller originally planned to shoot in his native Australia, but production was forced to move after Miller’s chosen location in New South Wales was hit by severe flooding.