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Charlize Theron’s ‘Fast 8’ Villain Compared to Hannibal Lecter

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Charlize Theron’s ‘Fast 8’ Villain Compared to Hannibal Lecter

Charlize Theron’s villainous role in “Fast 8” will be unlike anything yet seen in the blockbuster franchise, assures composer Brian Tyler.

“There’s no question the havoc and villainy she brings [but] you’re attracted to it,” the “Fast and Furious” veteran told Entertainment Weekly. “There’s something where you can kind of see yourself in this villain that makes it more disturbing and, at the same time, more interesting.”

Little has been said so far about Theron’s character Cipher, other than that she’ll be a “sympathetic” villain who will “really get under your skin.”

“In a much different way, but like how Anthony Hopkins did Hannibal Lecter,” Tyler said, “where you like him, but you’re like, ‘Wait, why am I doing that? I shouldn’t be rooting for this person.’ She has that ability to do that. She’s just a fantastic actor.”

The composer, who also worked on Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” isn’t the only one singing the praises of Theron’s performance. In a Facebook post, franchise star Vin Diesel wrote, “Of all her films you have never seen this character [Theron] has created … she has truly brought her A game to this saga and we are all grateful for it.”

Directed by F. Gary Gray, “Fast 8” also stars Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood and Kristofer Hivju. The film opens April 14, 2017.

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