Charlize Theron in Talks to Play the Fast 8 Villain

Posted by at 3:33 pm on February 10, 2016

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Having proven herself rather deadly behind the wheel in last year’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron is reportedly eyeing the Fast 8 villain role. Variety reports that the Academy Award-winning actress has entered talks to star in director F. Gary Gray’s upcoming entry in the Universal Pictures franchise.

Fast 8 is set to hit theaters April 14, 2017 and is planned to launch a new trilogy of films. Whether or not that means multiple films for the Fast 8 villain remains to be seen. Fast 8 will be followed by a ninth film to be released April 19, 2019 and a tenth film planned to hit theaters April 2, 201. Fast and Furious 8, 9 and 10 aren’t the only films new that Universal has planned for the franchise, either. It was recently revealed that plans are underway for both Fast and Furious spinoffs and prequels.

Vin Diesel is confirmed to return for Fast 8 with with franchise regulars Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black reprising their roles as street racers-turned-international criminals-turned-super-secret agents. Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson and Kurt Russell are expected to return as well.

Principal photography Fast 8 is planned to take place in both New York and Atlanta, Georgia. Recent reports suggest that two other possible locations for the film could be the previously-unexplored Russia and Iceland.

Theron is currently shooting director David Leitch’s The Coldest City and is attached to headline The Gray Man at Sony Pictures. A gender swapped take on Mark Greaney’s 2009 thriller novel, The Gray Man has Captain America: Civil War helmers Joe and Anthony Russo attached to helm.

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