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Charlize Theron Gears Up For 'Fast 8'

Charlize Theron has signed on to play the villain in Universal Pictures' "Fast 8," Deadline reports. The Oscar winner has been rumored for the role since February.

She joins franchise veterans Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham in the eighth installment of the blockbuster series, directed by Gary F. Gray ("Straight Outta Compton"). "Game of Thrones" actor Kristofer Hivju is set to play one of the villain's henchmen.

Theron previously worked with Gray on the 2003 remake of "The Italian Job." She'll next be seen in "The Huntsman: Winter's War," the sequel to 2012's "Snow White & the Huntsman."

"Fast 8" opens April 14, 2017.

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