News on ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ and Earth Day

‘Mad Max’ prequel to be released in 2023
SYDNEY: A prequel to the “Mad Max” movie franchise titled “Furiosa,” starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth will be filmed in various locations in New South Wales, Australia.

Chris Hemsworth AP PHOTO

Slated for release in mid-2023, it is expected to become the biggest film ever made in Australia.

Taylor-Joy will star as the younger Furiosa, who was played by Charlize Theron in the 2015 installment.

Hemsworth said being involved in such a project in his homeland was a dream come true.

“Out of everything I’ve done, [it is] the biggest pinch-myself moment, because I’ve grown up watching it and it’s so iconic,” Hemsworth said.

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‘Downton Abbey’ cast returns for sequel opening in December
NEW YORK: The original principal cast of “Downton Abbey” are returning for a second film that will premiere in December. Production began last week.

Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham in ‘Downton Abbey.’ AP PHOTO

“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes wrote screenplay, and Simon Curtis (“My Week With Marilyn”) is directing. Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith will be back, along with some new faces, including Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.

“[After a very challenging year,] it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be reunited with the much beloved characters of ‘Downton Abbey,’” said producer Gareth Neame.

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Ziggy Marley happy to be part of Earth Day concert
NEW YORK: The pandemic can’t stop Ziggy Marley — son of Bob Marley — from celebrating the Earth.

Ziggy Marley AP PHOTO

He is one of the highlights of Nat Geo’s Earth Day Eve 2021 concert, streaming tomorrow on the network’s YouTube channel and website.

Marley will be joined by Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma, Angélique Kidjo, AURORA, José González, Maggie Rogers, Rostam and Valerie June. A new music video will also premiere.

“We’re making art to make a change and challenge the status quo. So I am just happy that we are using art in that way,” Marley said.