Matrix: Resurrections star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has left George Miller’s Furiosa – the next Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off.
According to Deadline, the 35-year-old actor will be replaced by Tom Burke, who played Orson Wells in the Oscar-winning Netflix film Mank.
Abdul-Mateen II separates from Furiosa due to a scheduling conflict. It is currently unknown what his other project will be. “Sources say it’s a secret passion project that he’s been developing for quite some time,” Deadline revealed. “The production has recently increased, which eventually led to him leaving Furiosa.” The star will soon appear in The Matrix: Resurrections as a version of Morpheus, and will reprise his role as Black Manta in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom next year.
Mad Max: Furiosa to star Anya Taylor-Joy in her lead role – a younger version of Charlize Theron Mad Max Fury Road character, Imperator Furiosa. The next Mad Max spin-off will be reveal the character’s origins, but not much else is known at the moment.
Chris Hemsworth will also star alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in an undisclosed role, while George Miller returns to direct, write and produce alongside his production partner, Doug Mitchell.
Although little is known about the film’s plot, George Miller has confirmed that its structure will be very different from Fury Road.
“While Fury Road has basically been over three days and two nights, it is happening over many years,” he said. “You’re trying to make ‘particularly familiar movies …’ It will be familiar to those who know Mad Max, and in particular Fury Road, but it will also be unique.”
Mad Max: Furiosa was originally release scheduled for June 23, 2023 but was recently postponed to 2024. Miller also recently revealed that it was a first screening of Edgar Wright’s film. Last Night in Soho which convinced him to launch Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role.
The film also marks the start of a major studio project for Tom Burke, who is perhaps best known for the role of Athos in the 2014 BBC drama, The Musketeers.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.