Charlize Theron says she has "no idea" if she'll be back in Fast & Furious 9. Theron made her Fast and Furious franchise debut in the spring in The Fate of the Furious, where she played the villainous Cipher: a powerful cyberhacker who holds enough sway over Dom (Vin Diesel) to have him turn on his crew and help her plunge the world into turmoil.
One of two Oscar-winners to join the cast in The Fate of the Furious (the other being Helen Mirren, in a much smaller but pivotal role), Theron says the future of Cipher in the next Fast and Furious film is still up in the air. That is, despite Cipher's clear getaway at the conclusion of The Fate of the Furious.
“I don’t know. I have no idea if they’ll have me back. Look, I love everybody at Universal. We’re going to have conversations. We’ll see where it goes.”
While Theron's Cipher was no doubt a smart and welcome addition to the Fast and Furious franchise, there's probably a reason for the hesitancy to bring her back into the fold for the next film. After all, the last thing filmmakers want is a virtual repeat of The Fate of the Furious, so the screenwriters are probably exploring their options to bring Cipher back in a meaningful way. Of course, if they opt not bring the villain back in the fold for Fast & Furious 9, they have another shot with the 10th and reportedly last film in the franchise.
While Theron has proven time and again she can play in any genre she's cast in, she's clearly found an exciting home in the action adventure realm, having made huge impressions in Mad Max: Fury Road. Plus, judging by the all the early footage of Theron in Atomic Blonde, Theron seems to have found herself in yet another winning action movie franchise.
Even though it's unlikely, if Universal opts not to bring Theron back in some capacity in the Fast and Furious franchise, it would be a huge mistake. And she's right about loving everybody at the studio. Universal, after all, clearly had enough confidence in Atomic Blonde to take over the marketing and distribution of the film from its subsidiary Focus Features, so that says a lot about how they feel about the box office prospects of the film and most importantly, Theron.
- Atomic Blonde (2017) release date: Jul 28, 2017