If you thought The Fast and Furious franchise was getting a bit too macho (let's face it, Fast 7 gave us an overdose of testosterone with Dwanye Johnson, Vin Diesel and Jason Statham pummeling each other), there's good news for fans eagerly awaiting the eighth installment: Charlize Theron is playing the villain in Fast and Furious 8, in what the producers are describing as the "greatest adversary ever."
It may come as a surprise to some, but the casting makes perfect sense because Charlize Theron is no stranger to car-orientated action films. Many will remember her from the George Miller's modern masterpiece Mad Max Fury Road last year as the feisty Furiosa, who shared more screen-time than Max himself. She also starred in The Italian Job remake back in 2003 alongside Mark Wahlberg.
Fast and Furious 8 is being directed by F. Gary Gray, who is notable for directing the aforementioned Italian Job remake. Vin Diesel has previously confirmed that Fast and Furious 8 will be set in New York and racing to cinemas on April 14th 2017. Fast and Furious 9 will then follow on April 19th 2019 along with a tenth film pegged for April 21st, 2021. Sadly, Fast and Furious 8 will be the first film in the franchsie not to feature Paul Walker who was killed in a car crash in 2013.
The director has promised we'll see Fast and Furious 8 take a new direction, but it wouldn't be a Fast and Furious film without some ludicrous car stunts: this is the franchise that brought us cars performing preposterous parachute jumps and smashing through skyscrapers. Perhaps we'll see cars in space next?
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