Charlize Theron Confirmed For Role in FAST 8
Earlier this morning, we wrote about how Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju had joined the cast of F. Gary Gray's Fast 8. At the time, I mentioned that Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was may join the movie as a villain — something that's been rumored for a little while now — but there still wasn't any confirmation of that yet.
Looks like someone did some digging, because now Variety has officially confirmed that Theron will definitely be in the film. This will be a reunion for her and Gray, who worked together on the 2003 remake of The Italian Job. Theron obviously has experience behind the wheel, with her work in that movie and her recent turn as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. Her exact role is still being kept under wraps, but it's expected to be a villain that's new to the franchise. I wonder if she'll be working with or against Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw? Two main villains might be a way to up the ante without taking the stunts too much farther than what they've already done — this franchise is constantly walking the line of jumping the shark, but I think they've been able to stay just on this side of it so far.
Production on the sequel is set to kick off next month, and the movie is aiming to be the first studio film to shoot in Cuba, which has reopened relations with the U.S. under President Obama. Vin Diesel, Tyrese, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, and Michelle Rodriguez are all reprising their roles, and Fast 8 hits theaters on April 14, 2017.