Vin Diesel has revealed Helen Mirren was written into the 8th installment of the Fast franchise, The Fate of the Furious simply because she asked to be.
In the latest issue of Total Film, Diesel told the magazine that she approached him for the role at a party last year:
“People don’t know that I’m the one working for a year beforehand with the writers and coming up with the story. She came up to me at a party last year and said, ‘I want to be in Fast & Furious with you.’ The script was [already] greenlit, but she told the right person, because a week later she got written in”.
Director F. Gary Gray also told the magazine that she bring “a little bit of humor and fun” to her role and joked “When you play the Queen, where can you go from there? Fast 8“.
Mirren herself is playing the mother of Owen and Deckard Shaw, the villains from Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7 played by Luke Evans and Jason Statham. While her role has not been officially confirmed as the mother of the Shaw brothers, Evans let the info slip in an interview last month.
The film stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, Kristofer Hijvu, with Kurt Russel, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren. Here’s the official synopsis:
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
The Fate of the Furious hits theaters April 14, 2017.