Two more stars are about to get tangled up in the world of international terrorists and fast cars. With production on “Fast 8” set to begin next month, reports are surfacing that the long-running franchise has landed two big names.
Deadline broke the news Thursday that Universal Pictures “closed” a deal with Charlize Theron. But details about her role are being kept under wraps. The outlet simply reported that the “Mad Max: Fury Road” actress will be playing a “new character,” and be starring alongside returning cast members Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson.
Theron’s casting comes a day after Entertainment Weekly confirmed that “Game of Thrones” star Kristofer Hijvu, who plays Wildling leader Tormund on the hit HBO series, will be joining the “Fast and Furious” franchise. EW reports that he’ll be playing an “evil henchman.”
“Fast 8” director F. Gary Gray has been using Instagram to keep fans up to date on the film's progress. He took to the social media site earlier this week to share a video scouting locations for filming. He asked his followers to guess his location, prompting comments speculating that he was in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh.
It’s already been confirmed that parts of the movie will take place in New York City and Cuba. He posted photos and videos from Cuba last month, revealing that they were searching for vintage cars to use during production.
“Fast 8” will hit theaters on April 14, 2017.