Director George Miller has confirmed that Charlize Theron will not be playing Furiosa in the planned Mad Max prequel as the role will be filled by a younger actress.

The 75-year-old filmmaker admitted that he considered using de-ageing CGI on the 44-year-old actress, but admits he isn't satisfied with the technology. 

In an interview with the New York Times newspaper, Miller said: ''For the longest time, I thought we could just use CG de-ageing on Charlize, but I don't think we're nearly there yet.

''Despite the valiant attempts on The Irishman, I think there's still an uncanny valley.

"Everyone is on the verge of solving it, particular Japanese video game designers, but there's still a pretty wide valley, I believe.''

Director George Miller, Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy
attend the Mad Max : Fury Road premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015

Theron recently opened up about her on set feud with Tom Hardy, who took over from Mel Gibson as titular character Max Rockatansky, revealing that both of them were scared of the movie failing.

''In retrospect, I didn't have enough empathy to really, truly understand what he must have felt like to step into Mel Gibson's shoes. That is frightening!

"I think because of my own fear, we were putting up walls to protect ourselves instead of saying to each other, 'This is scary for you, and it's scary for me, too. Let's be nice to each other.'

"In a weird way, we were functioning like our characters: Everything was about survival," she added.

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