Universal considering Charlize Theron for Fast and Furious spinoff
Universal Pictures has had a lot of success with its Fast and Furious franchise. What began as a story about street racers stealing DVD players has grown into one of the most popular action franchises, and now they’re hoping to keep pushing it further.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is planning a female-fronted Fast and Furious spinoff based around Cipher, Charlize Theron’s character from The Fate of the Furious. The franchise has already started experimenting with spinoffs, starting with Hobbs & Shaw, which will open in theaters this summer. But their ambitions sound closer to turning Fast and Furious into the next MCU-like mega-franchise.
This isn’t the first time a female-fronted installment has been reported. And with multiple potential spinoffs in development, it seems a likely possibility.
While the Fast and Furious franchise has proven a reliable moneymaker for several years now, it’ll be interesting to see if audiences follow all the potential spinoffs the studio has on the back burner.
The next film in the main series, Fast and Furious 9 was originally set to hit theaters on April 19, but was pushed back a year to make room for the Hobbs & Shaw spin-off. As a result, the ninth installment will be getting a May 22, 2020 release with Justin Lin set to return to directing in the franchise, having directed four prior installments including the third through sixth installments.