Charlize Theron has revealed her new look as the villain Cipher from Fast & Furious 9.
In an Instagram post, Theron revealed her look for the as-yet-untitled ninth entry in the series. “She’s baaaaack,” Theron captioned the post, which includes the photo of her look and an out-of-focus snapshot of her chair on set, confirming she is indeed returning as Cipher.
Introduced in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, Cipher is a cyber-terrorist and criminal mastermind who forced Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to do her bidding by holding his old flame Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) and their infant son hostage, before having Elena killed in front of Dom as punishment after he disobeyed one of her orders. However, even after Dom and his team eventually got the upper-hand on her, Cipher managed to evade capture and fled, leaving her inevitable showdown with Dom for another day.
The series has a history of turning villains into vital parts of the team, like Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. It’s possible, then, this is more than just a physical transformation for Cipher. After turning a murderous international terrorist into a hero, anything’s possible, although this bowl cut probably could also imply something sinister.
Fast & Furious 9 will be helmed by Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth entries in the Fast & Furious franchise. Fast & Furious 9 is slated for a May 22, 2020 release.