Charlize Theron is the latest A-lister to join the mega popular Fast and Furious franchise, and is set to play a villain in the next installment.

She will join veteran cast members Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson in Fast and Furious 8.

The announcement was made on the movie franchise's official Facebook and Twitter pages, where they said in a statement: "Our crew will face its greatest adversary ever in our next film as we welcome Charlize Theron to the Fast family."

F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) is directing the next instalment of the blockbuster franchise, which is planned to hit cinemas in April 2017.

Theron can currently be seen on the big screen playing an evil queen in The Huntsman: Winter's War.