Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy have signed on to star in Mad Max 4: Fury Road, the fourth installment of the Mad Max franchise from writer-director George Miller, according to Heat Vision Blog.

Mel Gibson is not reprising his iconic role of Max Rockatansky, who will instead be played by Hardy, the British-born actor who starred in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla. Theron is set to play the female lead.

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The story details are being kept under wraps, however, the movie takes place after the story laid out in 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Production is planned for next summer in Australia.