‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer: Tom Hardy’s world of fire and blood [video]

July 27, 2014 | 8:03 p.m.

Only one day after making a splash at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” makes a play for a wider audience, with the first trailer for George Miller’s action vehicle showcasing the intensity of star Tom Hardy and the movie’s chase scenes.

Watch it below.

Set for release May 15, 2015, the film, which also stars Charlize Theron, sees Hardy step into the role originated by Mel Gibson in “Mad Max,” the high-octane post-apocalyptic action film that spawned two hit sequels.

In an interview with Hero Complex this weekend in San Diego, Miller said that he never could have imagined retuning to the franchise that launched his career so many years later.

” ‘Mad Max,’ was my very first film,” Miller said. It was made for $350,000, which even back then was very low-budget. I’d hardly ever been on a set, and just everything went wrong. I thought, I’m not cut out for this. I remember I had a conversation with Peter Weir, who’d already made a couple of movies, and I told him I felt like I had no control over the process. And he said, ‘That’s how it always is. You’ve got to think about it like you’re in a war and you’re going on patrol. You don’t know where the land mines are. But you’ve still got to get your troops through.’ “

Click here to read the rest of the interview with Miller, and let us know what you think of the trailer — and the character posters in the gallery above — in the comments section.

– Gina McIntyre and Josh Rottenberg | @LATHeroComplex

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