Sometimes, dreams do come true for acclaimed Oscar-winning actresses. Last year, Helen Mirren professed a desire to act in a Fast & Furious film. Series star Vin Diesel, always one to fan-cast, pleasantly surprised everyone by adding Mirren to the cast of the currently-filming eighth film, directed by Straight Outta Compton‘s F. Gary Gray and written by series writer Chris Morgan. Speaking to EW, the veteran thespian admitted to nerves at joining the long-running blockbuster franchise.
“I’m very nervous because when you’re going on to a set with people who have been doing this for [so long], basically, they all know each other, they’ve worked together, they know what they’re doing. I’ll be, you know, the newcomer, the newbie.”
Mirren will film her role this week in Atlanta and revealed it amounts to a cameo, requiring only a day on set. While her wish of actually getting behind the wheel went unfulfilled, she implied her character is set up for future sequels where she becomes an integral part of the franchise.
“I’ve only got one day, and I’ll probably f— it up, oh God. I think they’ll be nice to me. I hope they’ll be nice to me. I wanted to be driving, but unfortunately, I’m not. Maybe that will come in the future, in Fast and Furious 12. I’m probably one of the few people on the set who knows how to drive a gear shift car. I doubt the Rock knows. But I do. I know how to double declutch.”
Mirren was the best part of the geriatric action film Red and its sequel so it’s a little disappointing that she won’t get to flex those muscles. On the other, awesomer hand: Helen Mirren is a Fast & Furious movie!
In other Fast 8 news, Omaze and the production team are teaming with the Paul Walker Foundation for a fundraiser with a winner getting to visit the set of the upcoming film. Check out the link for more on this amazing opportunity. Fast 8 hits theaters April 14, 2017 and features the return of Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Elsa Pataky and Nathalie Emmanuel as well as newcomers like Mirren, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and Kristofer Hivju.