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Charlize Theron has officially joined next year's Fast 8 (previously known as Furious 8) just one month ahead of production. Theron finally closed a long-rumored deal with Universal Pictures this week, according to Deadline. Fast 8, the follow-up to the franchise-defining Furious 7, reunites Theron with The Italian Job director F. Gary Gray.
Though Theron's character hasn't been revealed, the Mad Max: Fury Road star joins franchise vets Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Dwayne Johnson in what could easily be described as the most-anticipated sequel of the decade. "We talked about all of the Fast movies up to this point, and where could we go," Gray told Collider in January of reteaming with his A Man Apart co-pilot Vin Diesel for one of the biggest action franchises of all time. "I think [Diesel] was really happy with the vision I have for the franchise and I was really happy about where he sees not only his character going but the franchise itself, because he’s a producer as well."
Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju, a.k.a. Tormund Giantsbane, has also been added to Fast 8 as a proverbial villain. According to a report from the Wrap, Hivju will play a "henchman" to the main mystery (possibly Theron?) villain. For a possible glimpse at how the increasingly stacked proceedings of Fast 8 may go down, revisit some moments from the aforementioned Italian Job:
Fast 8 officially enters production next month and is slated to hit theaters on Apr. 17, 2017.