Dame Helen Mirren Really, Really Wants to be in 'Fast & Furious 8'

Monday, 30 March 2015 12:13 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Dame Helen Mirren Really, Really Wants to be in 'Fast & Furious 8'

Dame Helen Mirren is an impossibly talented actress and an endlessly enchanting human.  She's won an Oscar, along with a wheelbarrow full of BAFTAs, Emmys, and Golden Globes.  She's been knighted in the Order of the British Empire, for pete's sake.

Yet even with all those distinctions, a legendary career, and worldwide adulation she has yet to fulfill her wildest dream.

"My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie,” Mirren herself revealed.

The 69-year-old star of The Queen has a new film, the drama Woman in Gold, hitting Stateside theaters this Friday, the very same day as Furious 7, a sequel that finds Jason Statham as a villain terrorizing Dominic Toretto and his crew because they crippled his brother, the bad guy in Furious 6.  Statham represents the pinnacle of the Furious franchise's self-aware ludicrousness, but if Helen Mirren gets her way, she'll take the series to delirious new heights and even get behind the wheel herself.

"I so want to be a mad driver in a Fast and Furious movie. My claim to fame is I always do my own driving — I was on Top Gear, and I did [my lap] in a very good time. I keep putting it out there, and they never ask me," she told Yahoo! Movies. "I’ll be in Fast and Furious 8.

Mirren has tried her hand at action before, having wielded all manner of weaponry in 2010's Red and its 2013 sequel.  She even popped up in the second National Treasure, so dabbling in a mega-franchise wouldn't be uncharted territory for her.

Speaking of action, she pointed to the success of female-led films like The Hunger Games and Divergent. "Finally, you're getting great female teenaged heroines," Mirren commented. "I love that, I think that's great”

She also singled out Dom himself for praise, explaining, "I have to say Vin Diesel is brilliant. I love Vin Diesel. He's a great guy, smart — I love him. It's partly because of him I'd like to be in one, but also the driving.”

Diesel had acted against a Dame before, since Judi Dench played an air elemental in Chronicles of Riddick more than a decade ago.  So presumably he wouldn't be too starstruck if Mirren were to join the Fast and Furious franchise as, say, a new member of Dom's heisting crew or, ideally, the next villain. 

If Chris Morgan, who has written the last five Fasts doesn't mind repeating himself, we'd pay good money to see her play Gertrude Shaw, the unstoppable, black-ops trained mother out to avenge her sons Deckard (Statham) and Owen (Luke Evans).  After all, both of those dudes were British.

We're getting ahead of ourselves here, though.  Universal is definitely going to make Fast and Furious 8 and 9, at least, but at this point it's unclear just when they'll happen.  Furious 7 was a longer, more arduous process than the filmmakers anticipated, with Paul Walker's tragic death in 2013 delaying the sequel by almost a year.  James Wan is not expected to return for another lap as director, instead moving on The Conjuring 2.

So it's very, very early to talk Furious 8 casting, but obviously Helen Mirren would be a welcome addition, particularly if she were to portray Jason Statham's even more badass mother.

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