In just a few months, production will get under way on Fast & Furious 8, which we reported in September will kick off the franchise's final trilogy. Last month, Universal handed out release dates for Fast & Furious 9 (April 19, 2019) and the franchise finale Fast & Furious 10 (April 2, 2021), but there is still much we don't know about Fast & Furious 8 at this time. Today we have a new report from Deadline, which reveals that director F. Gary Gray and writer Chris Morgan are creating a new female villain, with Charlize Theron being eyed for the role.
This report reveals that the script still hasn't been completed quite yet, and while a formal offer hasn't been made, the site claims that the actress' schedule may have an opening that would allow her to come on board. Still, the actress hasn't even seen a script yet, and it isn't known if she would even take on such a role. No details were given about this character, but it's said to be a "juicy role" for any actress, especially considering the massive global success of the Fast & Furious franchise.
If Charlize Theron does sign on, she will join Michelle Rodriguez, who is expected to return as Leti, alongside Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs and Jason Statham as Ian Shaw. There have also been rumors that 2 Fast 2 Furious star Eva Mendes may be coming back as U.S. Customs Agent Monica Fuentes, but she hasn't been confirmed at this time. No story details have been given, but it has been confirmed that the story will be at least partially set in New York City. However, recent reports indicate this could be another globe-trotting adventure for Dom and his crew.
Production has been confirmed to take place later this year in both New York City and Atlanta, but other reports reveal that the producers are eyeing a shoot in Cuba, which would make it the first major motion picture to shoot in the country in over 50 years. Another report from last month revealed the sequel will be partially shot in Iceland, with shooting set to begin this April. The shoot will reportedly feature the largest explosion ever seen in the country, but no specific plot details about the shoot have been unveiled yet. It isn't known how much work is left to be done on the script by Chris Morgan, who has written every Fast & Furious movie except the first two.
Charlize Theron is coming off the Best Picture nominee Mad Max: Fury Road and last year's thriller Dark Places. She will next be seen in the action-packed sequel The Huntsman: Winter's War, arriving on April 22, and she also lends her voice to Laika's Kubo and the Two Strings, arriving August 19. She is also attached to star in The Coldest City, which is currently in production, and The Gray Man. What do you think about Charlize Theron playing the villain in Fast & Furious 8?