Over the last few years, a new trend has emerged where actors have started to actually land the roles they’ve been actively campaigning for in the press. After mentioning his desire to play Gambit in numerous interviews, Channing Tatum was actually cast as Gambit in 20th Century Fox’s new spinoff, which starts filming later this year. Last year, Oscar Winner Helen Mirren revealed it’s her “grand ambition” to star in a Fast & Furious movie as a “mad driver,” and earlier this year, it was confirmed that she actually has joined the cast of Fast and Furious 8. Unfortunately, the actress recently confirmed that she won’t be doing any actual driving.
The actress confirmed she had joined Fast 8 in an interview last month, where she revealed that she only agreed to star in the movie if they would let her drive. The actress is quite the skilled driver, having appeared on an episode of the U.K. series Top Gear where she posted an impressive lap time. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress revealed that she sadly won’t be getting behind the wheel in Fast & Furious 8.
“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 know how to drive a gear shift car. I doubt The Rock knows. But I do. I know how to double declutch.”
Shortly after Helen Mirren’s interview last year, franchise star Vin Diesel teased that Helen Mirren is “on the list” for Fast & Furious 8, adding “Be careful what you wish for, Helen.” While her involvement has been confirmed, it still isn’t known what character she’s playing, but she added that she’ll only be on set for one day, while revealing how nervous she is to join this cast that has been together through seven hit movies. Here’s what she had to say below.
“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. I’ve only got one day, and I’ll probably f- it up, oh God. think they’ll be nice to me. I hope they’ll be nice to me.”
Universal Pictures has already confirmed that Fast 8 will be the beginning of the final trilogy, with Fast & Furious 9 hitting theaters on April 19, 2019 and Fast & Furious 10 closing out the blockbuster franchise on April 2, 2021. Although we don’t know who she’s playing, it’s possible that Helen Mirren could come back in the final two movies, and live out her dream of being a “mad driver” as the franchise comes to an end. Stay tuned for more on Fast 8 as production continues.