Best known for portraying a lead member of the Free Folk in Game of Thrones – the scenery-chewing Tormund Giantsbane, no less – Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju has joined the cast of Universal’s action sequel Fast 8.
The Wrap has the scoop, revealing that the actor will lock horns with Vin Diesel and the rest of the Toretto crew as one of the film’s henchmen. Indeed, Diesel’s gravel-voiced family man has come up against a great many enemies throughout the course of the Fast & Furious franchise – from Dwayne Johnson’s frenemy Luke Hobbs to Jason Statham’s crowbar-wielding goon – though early reports indicate that Fast 8 will have him go toe-to-toe with his biggest nemesis to date.
That’s because Mad Max: Fury Road star Charlize Theron has emerged as an early candidate for the film’s lead villain, with Universal purportedly eyeing a sole female enemy to put Diesel et al. through their paces. What also know that Fast 8 will largely take place in New York, though other filming locations include Cuba and the remote Icelandic town of Akranes.
Getting behind the wheel once again will be Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, flanked by Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty, Lucas Black’s Sean, Tyrese Gibson’s Roman, Ludacris’ Tej, Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham, who is seemingly back in business as the villainous Deckard Shaw.
F. Gary Gray’s Fast 8 will drift off Universal’s production line and into theaters on April 14, 2017. Fast & Furious 9 and F&F10 will follow in quick succession across April 19, 2019 and April 2, 2021.
Source: The Wrap