VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Charlize Theron displays her black buzz cut as she adopts fierce alter ego in new Mad Max trailer

She once said that every woman should feel the 'freedom' of shaving their head.

And it appeared to have been just the emancipation that Charlize Theron needed for one of her most transformative roles to date, as the new Mad Max: Fury Road trailer shows her in all her fierce glory with alter ego Furiosa.

Charlize, 39, takes on the role of bald, badass leader of the crazed rebel gang in the return of the post-apocalyptic film franchise.

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Transformed: Charlize Theron goes bald for her new role as Furiosa in the first exclusive trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

Transformed: Charlize Theron goes bald for her new role as Furiosa in the first exclusive trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

The character is certainly a sharp contrast to her glorious golden tresses and clean-cut red carpet image.

Furiosa, the elite Imperator, has a more dirtied appearance with her face blackened by car oil and of course, her hair in a masculine buzz cut.

Charlize takes the lead from Max (Mad Max) Rockatansky himself Tom Hardy in the new two-minute teaser, as she drives the War Rig through the Wasteland with her gang of rebels.   

 Action! Charlize is filled with fury for a world that rejected her and is seen in plenty of combat scenes

 Action! Charlize is filled with fury for a world that rejected her and is seen in plenty of combat scenes

Squad: Nicholas Hoult (left) and Riley Keough (centre) star as the rebels, lead by an angry Furiosa (right)

Squad: Nicholas Hoult (left) and Riley Keogh (centre) star as the rebels, lead by an angry Furiosa (right)

It's back: The film franchise returns in 2015 with a fourth part

It's back: The film franchise returns in 2015 with a fourth part

Furiosa isn't hampered by her one artificial arm - presumably the outcome of some of her furious combat - and wastes no time getting into action mode for some of the most high-octane scenes.

Naturally the stealthy army of rebels - which also features big time acting company to the likes of Nicholas Hoult and Riley Keough - attracts an allegiance from Mad Max.

Max is wandering alone and stumbles upon the group as they flee across the Wasteland to escape a city run by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. 

The enraged Warlord marshals all his gangs to pursue the rebels in a Road War as Furiosa fights back against the world that once rejected her.

Fury Road, directed by George Miller, is the fourth in the film franchise and sees fresh acting talent including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoë Kravitz hop on board.

Hollywood royalty Charlize is rendered almost unrecognisable for the part, which she shaved her head for in 2013.

Reflecting on the character, the stunner said that she knew instantly that she had to shave her head.

'They almost forget she’s a woman, so there is no threat,' she said. 'I understood a woman that’s been hiding in a world where she’s been discarded.”

Road war: The rebels are preyed upon by the Immortan Joe, who rules over the Citidad

Road war: The rebels are preyed upon by the Immortan Joe, who rules over the Citidad

Alpha-female: Charlize steals the show from Mad Max himself, played by Tom Hardy in the film

Alpha-female: Charlize steals the show from Mad Max himself, played by Tom Hardy in the film

'I didn’t want Furiosa to be this girl who saves all the young, pretty girls from their horrible state. I wanted it to be way more personal than that.”

'What runs loudly for me is the importance that women have in this world of survival. I was very happy to be a girl with boobies and to be part of that.'

And speaking about the experience of shedding her golden tresses, Charlize said in 2013: 'It's the most freeing thing, I highly recommend it. I think every woman should do it.' 

Gruesome: Mad Max has learned to travel on his own when he flees the city like the rebels

Gruesome: Mad Max has learned to travel on his own when he flees the city like the rebels

Tough guy: The actor plays hard man Mad Max, though Furiosa's vengeance may be stronger in this case

Tough guy: The actor plays hard man Mad Max, though Furiosa's vengeance may be stronger in this case

Transformation: Nicholas Hoult is almost unrecognisable as Nux in the new film

Transformation: Nicholas Hoult is almost unrecognisable as Nux in the new film

'I had two huge garbage bags full of hair products. It's so freeing,' she said as she showed off the style at the 2013 Academy Awards, after three months of growing it back and turning it to her familiar paltinum shade.  

The Fury Road screenplay was written by director Miller with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. 

Miller is also producing the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar nominee Doug Mitchell. 

The film is scheduled for worldwide release beginning May 14, 2015 

Fast and furious: Hoult is seen driving one of the War Rigs alongside Keogh in latest shots from the film

Fast and furious: Hoult is seen driving one of the War Rigs alongside Keogh in latest shots from the film

Brutal: No expense is spared in the violence department for the high octane film

Brutal: No expense is spared in the violence department for the high octane film

A reimagining: Mad Max: Fury Road can be seen for the first time in 3D this year

A reimagining: Mad Max: Fury Road can be seen for the first time in 3D this year

Fully loaded: The rebels certainly aren't short of weapons it seems

Fully loaded: The rebels certainly aren't short of weapons it seems

Special effects: The fourth installment of the film franchise hasn't skimped on the special effects

Special effects: The fourth installment of the film franchise hasn't skimped on the special effects

He's mad: Tom Hardy takes on yet another hard man film role for the 2015 release

He's mad: Tom Hardy takes on yet another hard man film role for the 2015 release

Attention to detail: The Fury Road screenplay was written by director Miller with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris

Attention to detail: The Fury Road screenplay was written by director Miller with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris

Back with a vengeance: Director George Miller is also producing the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar nominee Doug Mitchell

Back with a vengeance: Director George Miller is also producing the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar nominee Doug Mitchell

Hotly anticipated: The film is scheduled for worldwide release beginning May 14, 2015

Hotly anticipated: The film is scheduled for worldwide release beginning May 14, 2015

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