Charlize Theron has been announced as a new cast member for the eighth instalment of the Fast And Furious franchise.

The casting was revealed by Universal Pictures in a tweet on Thursday.

Theron, who also showed off her car skills in remake of The Italian Job, will join stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez in Fast 8.

The announcement teased that Theron’s character will be the “crew’s greatest adversary ever,” although no plot has been officially announced.

US actors Vin Diesel (R) and Paul Walker

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel

The seven films in the series have grossed around $3.9bn globally since the series was launched in 2001.

Furious 7 became the fastest film to gross $1bn at the box office after its release in 2015, taking just 17 days to get to that figure.

Paul Walker still had scenes to shoot for the film when he was killed in a car crash in California in November 2013.

Theron has most recently been seen alongside Chris Hemsworth and Emily Blunt in The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

Fast 8 is set for release on 14 April, 2017, with Straight Outta Compton director F Gary Gray at the helm.