Charlize Theron signs on as villain in ‘Fast and Furious 8’

South African actor has been in secret talks with producers for a while now

Hot off the heels of her action heroine turn in Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron is joining the cast of Fast and Furious 8 as a villain.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the South African actor had been in secret talks to take a starring role in the long-running franchise and has only very recently finalised the deal.

She’ll join Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson in a film which, if rumours are to be believed, will follow on from the events of the seventh installment.

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In a post on the film’s official Facebook page, producers wrote: “Our crew will face its greatest adversary ever in our next film as we welcome Charlize Theron to the Fast family.”

The first film in the Fast and Furious series, The Fast and the Furious, was released in 2001 and starred Paul Walker, who tragically died in November 2013 in a car accident halfway through filming Furious 7. He appeared posthumously using a combination CGI and and stand-ins.

Theron won plaudits from critics last year in the role of Imperator Furiosa, the one-armed female heroine of the Mad Max reboot.

She’s currently appearing in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which is showing at UK cinemas now. Fast and Furious 8 is due on the big screen on 14 April 2017.

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