‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer: Tom Hardy on the run

March 31, 2015 | 1:40 p.m.

The new trailer for George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” is out, and it finds Tom Hardy in a bind.

“In this wasteland, I’m the one who runs from both the living and the dead” opens the voiceover as Hardy’s Mad Max Rockatansky is doing just that. “A man reduced to a single instinct: survive.”

“Fury Road,” set for a May 15 release, marks the relaunch of the post-apocalyptic “Mad Max” franchise that kicked off with Mel Gibson as the titular hero in 1979. Unlike most recent reboots, “Fury Road” marks director Miller returning to the franchise for the fourth time to revisit the world he started over 35 years ago.

The trailer, viewable above, reveals more of the post-apocalyptic desert wasteland the film is set in, as well as a better glimpse of Hugh Keays-Byrne as the villainous warlord Immortan Joe. Keays-Byrne played motorcycle gang leader Toecutter in the original “Mad Max” film.

In “Fury Road,” Max teams up with Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. Furiosa, it seems, is liberating some of Immortan Joe’s captives that he proclaims are his “property.” The trailer features plenty of chases, exploding vehicles and fights to show just how unhappy Immortan Joe is about this.

mad max fury road2 Mad Max: Fury Road trailer: Tom Hardy on the run

From left, Riley Keough as Capable (Brainy), Courtney Eaton as Fragile (Cheedo), Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, PHS-4, and Abbey Lee as Dag (Smiley), in a scene from "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Jason Boland / Warner Bros.)

Fans of the action sequences in “Mad Max” can look forward to “Fury Road.” In a previous interview, Miller said he “made a big, big point to go old-school with ‘Fury Road.'”

“We crashed a lot of cars; every stunt was done, if not by the cast then by some very fine stunt men; and it was shot on a real location,” Miller said. “It feels more real.”

The film, which also stars Nicholas Holt, will have its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

– Tracy Brown | @tracycbrown | @LATHeroComplex

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