Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action movie co-written, co-produced and directed by George Miller . Miller collaborated with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris on the screenplay. The fourth installment and a reboot  of the Mad Max franchise , it is a joint Australian-American  venture produced by Kennedy Mitchell Miller , RatPac-Dune Entertainment andVillage Roadshow Pictures . The film is set in a future desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities. It follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy ), who joins forces with Imperator Furiosa ( Charlize Theron ) to be the leader of the cult. Immortan Joe ( Hugh Keays-Byrne ) and his army in an armored tanker truck, which leads to a lengthy road battle. The film also features Nicholas Hoult , Rosie Huntington-Whiteley , Riley Keough , Zoë Kravitz , Abbey Lee , and Courtney Eaton.