Mad Max, a role made famous by a young Mel Gibson, will be back on the big screen in 2015 in Mad Max: Fury Road.

From director George Miller – originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise – the new film is a return to the world of the legendary Australian Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

The teaser trailer for Fury Road captures the stranger, wackier vibe of the franchise. What distinguishes the footage from so many recent action films is the use of practical effect and real world stunts. Many of these scenes appear to feature using real people, real cars, and real explosions at really fast speeds.

Plot wise, it’s the usual action schtick. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Locke) takes on the title role in the new and fourth instalment. Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Prometheus) stars as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, and supermodels Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Abbey Lee. The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard and Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.

Mad Max: Fury Road will be released mid-May 2015 via Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Village Roadshow Pictures.