Charlize Theron joins 'Fast 8'

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Charlize Theron is Set to Star in Fast & Furious 8

Charlize Theron has officially joined the cast "Fast 8," the next installment in Universal's long-running "Fast and Furious" franchise, sources confirm to Variety.

Details behind the role are vague, but she's expected to be playing some sort of villain. The studio went to the star early for the role, but because the script was still being written, Theron did not want to commit to anything until a finished draft was completed.

Even after a script was finished by Chris Morgan and Theron was happy with the end result, she still had to weigh her options as the actress was also attached to star in the Sony spy thriller "The Grey Man," which is considered a huge franchise opportunity for Theron and Sony. Insiders say since the "Grey Man" script was originally intended for a man, Sony had the script rewritten; because of delays in delivering a brand new script, Theron's schedule opened up, eventually leading to talks with the two parties.

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Actress Charlize Theron poses for photographers during a promotional event in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Actress Charlize Theron poses for photographers during a promotional event in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 21: Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the premiere of DIRECTV's 'Dark Places' at Harmony Gold Theatre on July 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Charlize Theron attends the launch of UNAIDS New Fast Track Report ahead of World AIDS Day 2014 at UCLA on November 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA- OCTOBER 17: Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Inaugural Gala at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Charlize Theron attends the Annual Charlize Theron African Outreach project at The Darby Restaurant on December 6, 2010 in New York City.
PROTECTIVE REPEAT: US actress Charlize Theron poses for a picture at the official grand opening party for the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on November 20, 2008. Dubai is threw a multi-million-dollar extravaganza today to launch a luxury hotel on an artificial palm-shaped island, despite the bite from the global financial crisis. More than 2,000 world celebrities are due to attend the event which is set to also include a firework display seven times larger than the Olympic display in Beijing, according to the event organisers. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Actress Charlize Theron attends the premiere of 'Sleepwalking' hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on March 11, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, United States: Best Actress Charlize Theron poses with her trophy at the 76th Academy Awards ceremony 29 February, 2004 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA. Theron won for 'Monster.' AFP PHOTO Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read Jeff HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actress Charlize Theron attends the premiere of 'The Truth About Charlie' at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on October 16, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Actress Charlize Theron attends the 26th Annual People's Choice Awards on January 9, 2000 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Charlize Theron attends the 'Mighty Joe Young' Santa Monica Premiere on December 10, 1998 at Cineplex Odeon Broadway 4 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Charlize Theron attends the '2 Days in the Valley' Westwood Premiere on September 20, 1996 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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The latest installment begins production this summer with a planned April 14, 2017 release. Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez will reprise their roles with F. Gary Gray taking over the directing reigns. Neil Moritz and Diesel will produce.

Theron, who is repped by WME, can be seen next in "The Huntsman: Winter's War" as well as "Brain on Fire" opposite Chloe Moretz.


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