Long-awaited Mad Max comeback is closer with new trailer

Mad Max: Fury Road, starring British actor Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron (above). The film will have its world premiere on May 14 at the Cannes Film Festival. -- PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Mad Max: Fury Road, starring British actor Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron (above). The film will have its world premiere on May 14 at the Cannes Film Festival. -- PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Movie fans got an adrenaline-filled glimpse of the much-anticipated rebooted version of the Mad Max series, with the release of a full theatrical trailer less than two months before the film premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mad Max: Fury Road stars British actor Tom Hardy as the Australian anti-hero originally played by Mel Gibson in George Miller's 1979 action film.

Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Zoe Kravitz also have roles.

The fourth instalment of the Mad Max franchise, directed by Miller, is set in a post-apocalypse dystopian Australia where police officer Max Rockatansky battles hardened criminals from the outback.

The last two instalments of Mad Max, also directed by Australian film-maker Miller and starring Gibson, were Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in 1981 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985.

The new trailer, like previous teasers, features numerous explosions, car chases and fight scenes set against a barren desert backdrop.

The film will have its world premiere in an out-of-competition screening on May 14 at the Cannes Film Festival.

It will be released in cinemas a day later.