Helen Mirren hasn’t been shy about wanting a role in the Fast and Furious franchise. In a 2015 interview, Mirren, who has a long list of serious acting credentials piled up, talked about how much she, like many people, love Vin Diesel. Well, it looks like Diesel finally came through. Mirren confirmed in an interview with Elle that she’ll get behind the wheel in Fast 8 and hopefully blow some stuff up.
I want to be making film and theater, but film is particularly relevant. I like it to be serious. Of course, having said that I’m about to do Fast and Furious 8. But that’s for the fun of it. So maybe that’s what I want as well, some fun and some relevant, serious, important movies.
There are no further details about the role she’ll play, but Fast 8 is sure to make good use of her acting chops. Mirren is one of the latest character actresses joining big franchise movies – Laura Linney is part of the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” and later this year, Toni Collette will be seen opposite Vien Diesel in “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage”.