The Fast & Furious franchise might be about to get a seriously impressive villain.
Charlize Theron is reportedly being sought for the lead baddie role in Fast & Furious 8, marking the first time Vin Diesel and co have faced a female adversary.
After an impressive turn as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, Theron has recent form for explosive Hollywood vehicular mayhem.
According to Deadline, Fast 8 director F Gary Gray and screenwriter Chris Morgan have made Theron their number one target for the “fierce female villain”.
Theron and Straight Outta Compton filmmaker Gray previously worked together on the remake of The Italian Job back in 2003.
The Oscar-winning Theron also boasts more impressive acting credentials than the enemies of Fast & Furious films past.
Rick Yune was the inaugural bad guy in 2001’s The Fast & The Furious, while Cole Hauser, Brian Tee, Joaquim de Almeida, Luke Evans and Jason Statham have also taken on villain duties.
Statham’s Deckard Shaw is expected to return in some form for the eighth film in the series.
Fast 8 will also bring back key franchise players Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris for a storyline that hits destinations in New York, Cuba and Iceland.
Eva Mendes has also been heavily linked to a return to the series. She played US Customs service agent Monica Fuentes in 2 Fast 2 Furious and appeared briefly in the post-credits scene for Fast Five.
Diesel recently revealed that the Fast & Furious series will end with one final trilogy.
Fast & Furious 8 will be released on April 14, 2017. Film number nine will follow on April 19, 2019 before the series ends with Fast & Furious 10 on April 2, 2021.
Theron can next be seen reprising her role as Revenna in Snow White sequel The Huntsman Winter’s War. She’ll also headline South Africa-set drama The Last Face, which is directed by her ex-boyfriend Sean Penn.