New ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Trailer Promises Epic Return of Franchise

The new trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road has just dropped and it’s even more insane than expected. From the looks of the clip, viewers can expect the latest installment in the post-apocalyptic, road-war series to be jam-packed with violent battles, loud explosions, and some truly captivating imagery.

Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth movie in the action franchise, after the 1979 original, 1981’s Mad Max 2 and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Tom Hardy stars in the titular role, played by Mel Gibson in the previous films. Directed by original director George Miller, Fury Road follows Max, haunted by the loss of his family, as he continues his nomadic ways and hits the road. During his travels, he encounters a group of women fleeing across the Wasteland in a war rig in an attempt to escape warlord marshal Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his band of desert criminals. The movie features an impressive ensemble cast, including Charlize Theron as the leader of the group Imperator Furiosa, Zoë Kravitz as Toast, and an almost unrecognizable Nicholas Hoult as a young road warrior named Nux.

The movie has been generating buzz since Comic-Con in July, when Miller began dropping hints about what the forthcoming flick would entail. At the time, the filmmaker revealed that the movie would essentially be “one long, extended chase” with characters joining the journey along the way. Per EW, he later labeled the film as “a western on wheelsand its imagery asvisual music.” As evidenced by the wild, new trailer, his description was pretty spot-on.

The just-released trailer lays out the story against a stunning backdrop of barren, dusty landscapes and crumbling desert rock. “Everybody’s gone out of their mind,” a voice says in the background. “You’re not the only one, Max.” That certainly seems to be the case in the teaser, which captures visually striking scenes of destruction, car chases, and massive battles set to the tune of a soaring classical score. The entire clip is incredibly fast-paced and though the footage is less than 3 minutes long, you can practically feel your adrenaline pumping watching it.

The original Mad Max films were hugely popular and there are definitely high expectations regarding this latest iteration of the story. Between the A-list cast (led by the rarely disappointing Hardy), Miller’s vision, and the gorgeous cinematography showcased in this new look, the movie already seems to be off to a promising start. If the film manages to live up to the enthralling trailer, it could mark the beginning of a major revitalization to the successful franchise.

Fury Road isn’t the only exciting project Hardy has in the works. The actor has three other films due out next year, including Soviet-era drama Child 44, the British crime thriller Legend, and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, and was only recently cast as part of DC Comics’ much-buzzed about Suicide Squad. He’s also set to star in a new FX drama, Taboo, scheduled to air in 2016.

Mad Max: Fury Road is scheduled to hit theaters on May 15, 2015.

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