Fast 8 is already in production, and we now know that the action-packed sequel is getting a major boost from none other than Helen Mirren.
In an interview with Elle magazine, the Oscar-winning actress revealed that she's joining the film's massive cast for the latest entry in The Fast and the Furious franchise, bringing major clout to the popular action series.
The thespian was discussing her thoughts on acting and film in general when she revealed that she'll feature in Fast 8:
"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."
Mirren is obviously known for her dramatic roles, but she's a true fan of cinema and appreciates various forms of filmmaking — even big-budget action movies:
"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."
Who Will Mirren Play In Fast 8?
The actress didn't reveal any details about her character, though there are a few solid possibilities. An obvious choice would be for her to play some sort of government official or agent, similar to Kurt Russell's role as Mr. Nobody in the franchise. Though it would be more interesting for her to get in on the action, perhaps as one of the movie's villains. We know that Charlize Theron is playing main antagonist Cipher, but she'll likely need some help — so who better to turn to than an experienced criminal played by Mirren? Appearances in the Red franchise as a skilled assassin proved she can handle action; seeing her take on a villainous part in The Fast and the Furious is something we never expected, but would love to see.
Fast 8 hits theaters on April 14, 2017. What role do you think Helen Mirren will play in the film? Let us know in the comments.