By Whitney Pastorek
Updated October 29, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Variety is reporting that Charlize Theron has signed to star in Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise, set to start shooting in Australia next August. Tom Hardy (Black Hawk Down) has also been cast in the George Miller-produced/written/directed film. No indication yet on whether Mel Gibson will return to the role that launched his career.