Last year, just before Furious 7 hit theaters, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren revealed that it was her “great ambition” to star in a Fast & Furious movie as a “mad driver.” The actress added in that interview that she kept “putting it out there” that she wants to be a part of the franchise, but the filmmakers never responded. It seems her persistence has paid off, with the actress confirming that she will in fact star in Fast and Furious 8.
While promoting her new movie Eye in the Sky, which recently arrived on Blu-ray and DVD, the actress confirmed that she’s “about to do” Fast & Furious 8 in an interview with Elle. Unfortunately, she wouldn’t shed too much light on her character, but the actress did add that she’d only be a part of the sequel under one condition. Here’s what she had to say below.
“Well, yes. I’ve always rather loved driving. I said, ‘I’ll be in it, but only if I’m allowed to drive if I do drive in it.’ But we’ll see. We’ll see how it transpires. Film is a wonderful thing and it can be so many different things. I don’t want to turn my back on any of the different ways movies can be. I love the movies. I love going to the films. I like very serious films, I love foreign films, and I love big, fun movies-as long as they’re well made and they’ve got good scripts. That’s the most important thing.”
Last year, after Helen Mirren’s remarks about the franchise, Vin Diesel himself teased that “she’s on the list,” adding, “Be careful what you wish for, Helen.” Production has been under way since last month, although it isn’t known how long principal photography is expected to last. We’ll have to wait and see if more details about who she’s playing will surface as filming continues.
Helen Mirren joins a cast that includes Fast & Furious franchise stars Vin Diese, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black and Kurt Russell. Charlize Theron has come aboard to play the new villain Cipher, with other new casting additions including Scott Eastwood and Kristofer Hivju. F. Gary Gray is directing from a script by Chris Morgan, with Universal setting an April 14, 2017 release date. Stay tuned for more on Helen Mirren’s casting in Fast and Furious 8 as more details unfold.