Anya Taylor-Joy Has "Already Started Dreaming" About Furiosa

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The actor will step into the role made famous by Charlize Theron in 'Fury Road.'

Anya Taylor-Joy is preparing for the role of a lifetime, with news breaking Tuesday that she will star as Furiosa in George Miller's upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road prequel. In her first comments since the casting, the actor said she was "humbled and grateful," and shared her thinking about the character that Charlize Theron made an icon in the 2015 film.

"The first thing that went through my head when I found out I was going to do it was,' I am so excited to work so hard,' " Taylor-Joy told MTV's Josh Horowitz on Wednesday's Happy Sad Confused podcast. "The level of commitment that has been shown before me, I endeavor to match that, and that makes me really excited."

Taylor-Joy has not yet met Miller in person but has spent a lot of time on Facetime with the filmmaker, who first unveiled his post-apocalyptic world with 1979's Mad Max, which starred Mel Gibson in the title role. Taylor-Joy acknowledged that no one can truly fill Theron's shoes, which is why she hopes to do something different.

"I fell in love with Furiosa, the way that Charlize presented her," Taylor-Joy told Horowitz. "She did such an incredible job and it was so beautiful and I can't even think about trying to step [into her shoes]. It has to be something different, because it just can't be done."

The actor is currently shooting Robert Eggers' The Northman in Belfast, which happens to be where she first saw Fury Road. After the casting news broke, Taylor-Joy walked by her Fury Road theater in a full-circle moment.

"I've already started dreaming about her. She's coming in pretty strong," said Taylor-Joy of Furiosa.  The actor next appears on screens in Netflix's The Queen's Gambit. Listen to the full podcast episode here.