Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner Might Be the Next Mad Max?!
Now here's an interesting casting "rumor" worth discussing this weekend! In a recent interview with the Modesto Bee (via AICN), The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner revealed that he's "fighting to do the new Mad Max film with George Miller. That might be next summer. I'm screen-testing and meeting George Miller." Whoa! Not only does this confirm that the new Mad Max is actually happening, but it also means Renner is in the running for a very big role. And you know what, Renner is a fine choice. Anyone who has seen The Hurt Locker (go see it!) or The Assassination of Jesse James knows that he is a fantastic actor.
Before everyone flips out over this, let me remind you that the first Mad Max was one of Mel Gibson's first big acting roles back in 1979. As great as it would be to get him back, Gibson has moved on to other things. And so as a replacement, Renner seems like a great choice. Of course, it's way, way too early to take this as any sort of confirmed news, because any number of other actors could be in the running, too, but if we have to start thinking about another Mad Max with Renner, I'm all for it. There are few actors I would give a pass to for Mad Max, but Renner is one. So apparently the claim that "there will be a new Max" was accurate.
I'm afraid to know who else testing with George Miller as well, because if his uninspired casting choices for Justice League were any indication, their might be some odd actors on his list who really don't fit the role. But for now, staying on topic, what do you think of Jeremy Renner as the new Max? Good choice or not?