“Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first,” Charlize Theron recently told GQ, prompting several thousand furrowed brows. But the good news for Theron is that the big shots behind a upcoming mega-sequel have decided that she’s is not too beautiful their movie. Phew.
Variety reports that Theron has officially joined the cast for the next installment of the ‘Fast & Furious‘ franchise —it was first reported she was sought for the role earlier this year. Apparently, Theron was still weighing starring in the thriller “The Gray Man,” but since that script still needs work (it’s being rewritten for a female lead), she’s doing “Fast 8” first. Of course, the exact nature of her role is being kept under wraps, but it’s expected to be a villain.
Production on the movie starts this summer, with F. Gary Gray (who directed Theron in “The Italian Job“) at the helm. It’ll open on April 14, 2017.