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Tom Hardy's 'Mad Max' Covers Empire

The new issue of Empire features fresh looks at Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road. In the 2015 post-apocalyptic action film, Hardy takes over the role of "Mad" Max Rockatansky from Mel Gibson. The pair of covers features Hardy front and center, looking ruggedly handsome for a road warrior trying to survive in an extreme desert wasteland.

Empire's February issue will detail Mad Max: Fury Road's long journey to the big screen and cover everything from Gibson's initial involvement to Heath Ledger's brief association with the film. Director George Miller discussed his Mad Max trials and tribulations in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

“It’s based on the same character that Mel played, the lone warrior in the wasteland that’s basically disengaged from the rest of the world,” Miller explained when asked if this Max is the same as Gibson's Max. “But naturally, Tom brings his Tom Hardiness to it, and he brings another quality. The character is different to some degree because the story is different. So it’s a kind of a yes/no answer. Yes, it’s different, but he’s essentially grown out of the same material.”

Mad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15, 2015.

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