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Charlize Theron’s Fast & Furious 8 villain compared to Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter…

June 13th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Charlize Theron will star in Fast and the Furious 8 as a villain and, by the sounds of things, she will be one memorable baddie.

We don’t know much so far in the way of specific character details but the film’s composer, Brian Tyler, has been speaking about Theron’s role as Cipher, likening her to Hannibal Lecter.

“It’s like a siren kind of thing,” Tyler told Entertainment Weekly thanks to our pals over at Squareeyed. “There’s no question the havoc and villainy she brings [but] you’re attracted to it. 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.”

The Fast 8 added: “it’s the sympathetic villains, in a way, who really get under your skin,” likening Theron’s role to that of Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter, “where you like him, but you’re like, ‘Wait, why am I doing that? I shouldn’t be rooting for this person.’”

Tyler said Theron had the ability to pull off such a character because “she’s a fantastic actor.”

The Fast and The Furious 8 opens in theaters on April 14, 2017. Straight Outta Compton director is helming the eighth instalment in the hugely-popular franchise, with a tasty cast featuring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.

Check out this explosive stunt video below, released by Universal Studios, which gives us an idea of the chaotically exciting production of the movie. The last one took well over $1 billion at the worldwide box office – and it looks like they’re going even bigger this time around!

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.