Yesterday The Wrap brought word that Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane on Game of Thrones) would play a villainous henchman in the soon-to-lens Fast 8 and now he has a likely villainess to serve. Variety reports Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road), first rumored for a role by our very own bossman Umberto Gonzalez on Meet the Movie Press (embed below), has closed a deal to join the blockbuster franchise.
Apparently, the hold up was Theron, who refused to sign on unless they had a finished script she liked (what an insanely unreasonable request). Even when franchise scribe Chris Morgan delivered on that count, her scheduling was an obstacle; she’s attached to a gender-swapped spy-thriller The Gray Man, which recently underwent a rewrite to change the lead role from man (Brad Pitt was initially attached) to woman specifically for Theron. However, the rewrite opened a window for Theron to climb aboard the Fast & Furious train, er car.
The eighth flick, directed by Straight Outta Compton‘s F. Gary Gray and the first made since the tragic death of star Paul Walker in November 2013, is dated for roughly a year from now, on April 14, 2017. Earlier this year, Vin Diesel announced a further two sequels in 2019 and 2021, supposedly bringing the series to a close 20 years after the first film premiered.
Theron is on quite the action kick lately. In addition to last year’s Fury Road, she recently filmed The Coldest City, a Cold War spy thriller from John Wick director Chad Leitch and co-starring James McAvoy. She’s also scheduled to appear in the Amazon drama flick American Express with Joel Edgerton and was this week rumored to be reteaming with her Young Adult writer and director, Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, for an untitled indie film on motherhood.