When actor Paul Walker passed away in 2013 from a tragic car crash while on a break from filming ‘Fast & Furious 7″ studio execs were unsure to continue with the franchise, but they did with the blessings of the Walker family.
Charlize Theron has received an offer to join the cast of Universal’s next “Fast and Furious” movie, “Fast 8,” as a new villain.
While it’s unclear where negotiations stand currently, sources close to the situation tell Variety that the studio is eager to add Theron to the ensemble cast. Universal had no comment.
The Fast & Furious franchise has grossed over a billion dollars, so it’s no secret they will continue with making more films. With the success of “Fast 7” production has already been set for “Fast 8” in next spring in April 2017.
Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham are all expected to return, along with other franchise favorites. It was announced in October that, following the success of “Straight Outta Compton,” F. Gary Gray would direct the project.
This isn’t the first big star to join the “Fast and Furious” cast mid-series. Dwayne Johnson joined the cast in “Fast Five” — Universal likely hopes to mirror that move with Theron’s casting, adding a fresh face for not only “Fast 8,” but for the remaining installments.