The Fast and Furious franchise probably should have been laid to rest after the tragic death of Paul Walker during production of the most recent installment. But this is Hollywood, where common sense is often overridden by the prospect of huge box office receipts, and so we’re not only getting another film – we’re getting three more, and possibly some spinoffs and prequels, too.
Now that Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his diabolical older brother, Deckard (Jason Statham) are out of the picture – having been brought down in the sixth and seventh films, respectively – a new villain has entered the fray: Cipher, portrayed by none other than Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron, who is obviously no strange to high-octane cinematic adventures with fast vehicles and an overabundance of explosions.
Universal Pictures revealed the first official look at Theron’s character today, and you can check it out right here.
Yup, that’s Charlize Theron alright, and she certainly appears to be in the movie. But beyond that, there’s not really much to get excited about here – we don’t know anything about the character, her motivations, or her relationship to Dom (Vin Diesel) or the rest of the team.
Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray will step behind the camera for Fast 8, which reunites cast members Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell and Nathalie Emmanuel. Scott Eastwood is also joining the cast as some kind of government agent, while Kristofer Hivju is rumored to play a villain – perhaps an associate of Cipher?
Filming has already taken place in Iceland, Cuba and Cleveland, with the crew scheduled to hit a few more locations before production wraps. Fast 8 will drift into theaters on April 14, 2017.
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