Many people were bummed to hear Charlize Theron was not returning, including Theron herself. She expressed disappointment that she wouldn't be reprising Furiosa due to director George Miller's insistence on not using de-aging technology. However, she noted how grateful she is for helping to bring such a vivid and ambitious character to life.
Recent standalone character prequels have proven to be riskier than other types of franchise fare. The most prominent example, of course, is Solo: A Star Wars Story, the Han Solo prequel released in 2018 that remains the only Star Wars film to lose money when factoring in total production and marketing budgets. Solo's failure indicates audiences may not be too inclined to deviate far from the main franchise storyline. However, given Anya Taylor-Joy's rising status following recent blockbuster Glass and the upcoming Last Night in Soho, audiences may be persuaded to return to the Australian wasteland that birthed one of the greatest action movies ever.