WE Day CaliforniaCharlize Theron will follow her role in "Mad Max: Fury Road" with a part in an even more high-octane action franchise: The Oscar winner has reportedly signed on to star in "Fast 8."

According to Deadline, Theron has just inked a deal to join the cast of the latest installment in the blockbuster "Fast & Furious" series. There are no details yet about just what her role entails, though the trade notes that she'll be playing "a new character."

The role will reunite Theron with her "The Italian Job" director F. Gary Gray, who's helming "Fast 8." She'll join returning stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Jason Statham.

As Deadline notes, Theron's casting continues a recent trend for the venerable "Fast" franchise, which has added more high-profile names to its ensemble -- including now-regulars Johnson and Statham -- in its last few outings in order to inject some new life into the series. And while "Fast 8" may not be able to top the sensational box office of predecessor "Furious 7," Theron's casting is a sign that filmmakers are going to do everything in their power to try.

"Fast 8," which is set in New York City, is due in theaters on April 14, 2017.

[via: Deadline]

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