Charlize Theron Joins ‘Fast 8’

Charlize Theron Joins 'Fast 8' Cast
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Charlize Theron has officially joined the cast “Fast 8,” the next installment in Universal’s long-running “Fast and Furious” franchise, sources confirm to Variety.

Details behind the role are vague, but she’s expected to be playing some sort of villain. The studio went to the star early for the role, but because the script was still being written, Theron did not want to commit to anything until a finished draft was completed.

Even after a script was finished by Chris Morgan and Theron was happy with the end result, she still had to weigh her options as the actress was also attached to star in the Sony spy thriller “The Grey Man,” which is considered a huge franchise opportunity for Theron and Sony. Insiders say since the “Grey Man” script was originally intended for a man, Sony had the script rewritten; because of delays in delivering a brand new script, Theron’s schedule opened up, eventually leading to talks with the two parties.

The latest installment begins production this summer with a planned April 14, 2017, release. Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez will reprise their roles, with F. Gary Gray taking over the directing reins. Neil Moritz and Diesel will produce.

Theron, who is repped by WME, can be seen next in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” as well as “Brain on Fire” opposite Chloe Moretz. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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  1. Dana Cann says:

    Charlize dropped out of Brain on Fire. She’s still producing, but not starring. Her next movies will be cold war thriller Coldest City, and drama The Last Face.
    But anyway, this sounds like it will be really fun and a good way for her to bring more fans on board from Fast and Furious’ ridiculously high viewership to her own action franchise. I enjoyed the Italian Job remake, so it’ll be interesting to see her reunite with the original director too.

  2. After Mad Max they want take her to “Fast8”. I watch mad max on she was excellent, and now I am not suprised that they want Charlize in Fat8

  3. Alexandre says:

    Please dont! She’s too good for this kind of trash movie (F7 was ok, but Still a trash franchise).

    • James says:

      In case you hadn’t noticed a lot of Oscar winners are getting cast in trash franchise movies lately. Probably because most summer blockbusters are trash, but there’s big money in them. As far as big budget movies that came out last year and this year Furious 7 was actually very good when compared to, say, Avengers 2 or Fantastic 4 or Superman v Batman.

  4. Cherry of fakenewspapersdotcom says:

    A villain? Wow, this is gotta be something to look forward to! Hope it pushes thru with Furious 8.

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