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Car-nage: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer looks absolutely demented

The road warrior is back in this jaw-dropping preview of what could be 2015's most visually stunning movie.

"What a day -- what a lovely day!" Turn your speakers up loud and prepare to pick your jaw off the floor with the new trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road".

This demented slice of vehicular mayhem combines spectacular stunt work and automotive action as the road warrior makes a long-awaited return to the big screen. "Fury Road" promises to be one of the most gobsmacking movies of 2015. "Out here everything hurts," intones Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. "Now pick up what you can and run."

Tom Hardy of "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Warrior" replaces Mel Gibson as "Mad" Max Rockatansky. An ex-cop turned nomadic wanderer and all-round leather-clad badass, Mad Max roams the post-apocalyptic desert scrapping with marauding gangs of weirdos over precious "guzzle-leen". Hardy's joined by Theron, Zoe Kravitz and Nicholas Hoult in "a world of blood and fire".

Australian director George Miller is back in the chair for the long-delayed sequel, created in collaboration with Nico Lathouris and British comics legend Brendan McCarthy. The film was green-lit ten years ago but shelved over concerns about filming in Namibia, and delayed again in 2011 when unexpected rain turned the post-apocalyptic desert into a lush flower-filled landscape.

A previous haunting trailer was soundtracked by Junkie XL's version of Cat Stevens' classic "Wild World", but this trailer features the bombastic strains of Verdi's "Requiem", previously heard in Japanese cult classic "Battle Royale".

"Mad Max: Fury Road" crashes into theatres on 15 May 2015. Start your engines...