Charlize Theron in talks for Fast 8

Charlize Theron in talks for Fast 8

Charlize Theron is in talks to star in 'Fast 8'.

Vin Diesel confirmed last week that the blockbuster racing series - which has so far been comprised of seven movies since its inception in 2001 - will run for three more movies and Deadline has reported the 'Monster' star is set to join the cast of the 2017 release.

The script is currently being created and director F. Gary Gray and screenwriter Chris Morgan have included a fierce female villain in the saga, and they are reportedly bidding for the South African star to fill the role.

Gray and Theron have worked together before on 'The Italian Job' remake, while the 40-year-old actress was last seen in George Miller's multiple Oscar-nominated film 'Mad Max: Fury Road' as warrior Imperator Furiosa.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson - who plays Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs - will reprise his role in the eighth movie and it has been confirmed by NBC Universal vice-chairman Ron Meyer that Paul Walker, who tragically died in an unrelated car accident halfway through filming of 'Fast and Furious 7', will also feature in the 2017 release in "some form or another".

In 'Fast and Furious 7' Paul's image was shot using CGI and his younger brother, Cody Walker, 27, played the body double of his character Brian O'Conner.

The remaining sequels will be released in April 2017, 2019 and 2021 respectively.