In April of last year Helen Mirren made the unexpected statement that she wanted to star in the eighth Fast and Furious movie, and even do her own driving.
At the time Furious 7 hadn’t even been released yet and it wasn’t clear if there would even be a Fast and Furious 8, but Dame Helen Mirren hath spoken and the universe listens. Not only was Fast 8 (or whatever the hell they’re calling the next one—what sane human being can keep track at this point) confirmed to be on the way, but now Mirren has actually joined the cast.
Mirren was talking to Elle about her new movie, a war film titled Eye in the Sky, when she was asked how the movie fits into what she wants to be doing in her career right now:
It fits in very, very well with what I want to be doing. 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.
The interviewer then naturally asked if Mirren was officially confirmed for Fast 8, to which she responded “Yes, I am.”
Mirren was then asked if she was a fan of cars:
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.
Fast 8 director F. Gary Gray also confirmed the casting with an Instagram post:
Just before that the director shared a photo of the already impressive cast. It looks we’re going to need an update as soon as Mirren gets to the set:
Mirren is of course no stranger to action flicks, having starred in both 2010’s RED and its 2013 sequel RED 2.