Will George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” ever get made? Your guess is as good as mine, but if Jeremy Renner has his way, he would sure like to step in for the absent Mel Gibson as the new Mad Max. Speaking to his hometown newspaper The Modesto Bee, Renner, the star of the most recent Iraq War-set movie to be ignored by the public aka “The Hurt Locker”, says this about “Mad Max”:
“I’m also fighting to do the new Mad Max film with George Miller. That might be next summer. I’m screen-testing and meeting George Miller.”
I like Jeremy Renner. I liked him in “The Hurt Locker”. He was the best thing about “28 Weeks Later” in my opinion. And he was also good in “SWAT” as the bad guy. Basically, you put Jeremy Renner in fatigues (Mad Max sorta wears fatigues, right? Leather counts) and he usually does good work.
With Mel Gibson having made it clear he has no intentions of returning, and Miller seemingly having made it clear he has no intentions of asking Mel back, the logical step to replace Mad Mel would be to go the unknown route. Renner isn’t exactly an unknown, but he’s pretty much unknown to mainstream America.
But who are we kidding? Chances are Miller will hire another Aussie stud for the role, which would kind of make logical sense if you think about it.