If the last few movies are any indication, the Vin Diesel fronted Fast & Furious franchise has finally found some serious traction. Even without Paul Walker, the series has attracted several big names to take part in some even bigger action sequences. Now it seems that Fast & Furious 8 will send the film’s ensemble up against one of their most deadly adversaries yet, as the film has just enlisted Charlize Theron as the next big bad. Check out the image below to see for yourself.
The image – tweeted by the Fast & Furious Twitter account – officially announces that Charlize Theron has signed on to portray the villain in Fast & Furious 8. Although the announcement doesn’t provide much insight into the nature of her role, she appears well dressed, and well put together. A far cry from the typical street thugs and soldiers that have characterized most of the franchise’s villains to date; we have a sneaking suspicion that her character may have some connection with Kurt Russell’s perpetually mysterious Mr. Nobody.
Charlize Theron seems like an absolutely perfect choice for the upcoming movie’s villain. She has already proven herself capable of portraying cold-hearted antagonists in films such as Prometheus, as well as the Huntsman franchise. Also, her type of villain marks a major departure from the last film’s incredibly macho and physical Deckard Shaw – portrayed with gusto by action icon Jason Statham. Beyond that, she has a long history of films involving major vehicular carnage, such as The Italian Job and last year’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
Seriously, if they don’t immediately retitle Fast & Furious 8 to Fast & Furiosa, then I’ll be upset. You’re welcome, Universal. You can reimburse me for that one later.
What do you think of this casting decision? Do you think Charlize Theron is the right bad guy for the next installment in the Fast & Furious franchise? Let us know what you think in the comments to keep the conversation going!
We will keep you posted regarding all of the latest and greatest news pertaining to Fast & Furious 8. The film will race its way into theaters on April 14 of next year.