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Charlize Theron'Mad Max' is gonna hit the road again.

Thirty years after Mel Gibson and writer-director George Miller created a new film genre and a new antihero with the introduction of Mad Max Rockatansky -- a hardened ex-cop in a post-Apocalyptic future ravaged by marauding gangs of spiky-haired punks -- Miller is ramping up the franchise with a third sequel, 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' And he has tapped Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy to star in the new installment. Charlize Theron'Mad Max' is gonna hit the road again.

Thirty years after Mel Gibson and writer-director George Miller created a new film genre and a new antihero with the introduction of Mad Max Rockatansky -- a hardened ex-cop in a post-Apocalyptic future ravaged by marauding gangs of spiky-haired punks -- Miller is ramping up the franchise with a third sequel, 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' And he has tapped Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy to star in the new installment.

Gibson, who starred in the original 'Mad Max' (1979), 'The Road Warrior' (1981) -- which was a worldwide success -- and 'Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome' (1985), will not reprise his ground breaking role.

According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, the movie takes place shortly after the end of 'Thunderdome,' meaning Max is still relatively young, so Hardy will take on the job. The British actor has been making a stir with his roles in 'Bronson' and Guy Ritchie's 'RocknRolla' and as Heathcliff in a TV version of 'Wuthering Heights.' He's currently working with Christopher Nolan on the action thriller 'Inception.'

Theron, who will play the female lead, will next be seen in Dimension's post-apocalyptic 'The Road' opposite Viggo Mortensen.

Warner Bros.will distribute the film, which is set to begin filming next August in Australia.