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Charlize Theron Joins Mad Max

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Oct. 30 2009, Published 1:35 p.m. ET

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Paging Mel Gibson: Charlize Theron has signed on for the revival of the actor's post-apocalyptic Mad Max movies.

Charlize will star in the fourth installment of the franchise - last seen on our screens in 1985 - with Mad Max: Fury Road.

British actor Tom Hardy will be the Burning Plain beauty's leading man when they start filming in Australia next August.

No news on whether Mel — who launched his career as an Aussie unknown in the original 1979 Max Max movie - will be involved.

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The trilogy (Mad Max, Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, starring Tina Turner) is set in a dystopian future world ruled by violent gangs.

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