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The cast of Fast 8 just keeps getting better and better.
After confirming (and getting a sneak peek) of Charlize Theron's involvement with the popular movie franchise, we have now learned that Helen Mirren will be giving the latest installment her badass touch. Yep, the 70-year-old star confirmed her casting in the film during an interview with Elle, and we're just giddy with excitement!
"Yes, I am," Mirren responded to the mag when asked of her rumored role on the film (there are also whispers that she's playing a villain, which she didn't confirm, but would just be the cherry on top if true!).
The star continued to share that she's a big fan of cars and hopes to buckle up and get behind the wheel of one of the film's famous suped-up rides.
"I've always rather loved driving. I said, 'I'll be in it, but only if I'm allowed to drive if I do drive in it.' But we'll see. We'll see how it transpires. 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. That's the most important thing."
Mirren will join the latest addition, Theron, who we know for sure will be playing a villain in the newest installment, along with returning stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham Diesel confirmed in February that not only will there be a Fast 8 but there will also be two more films to follow, promising at least 10 installments of the flick for high-speed chase lovers of the world.
Fast 8 is set for release Apr. 14, 2017, while the ninth and tenth installments are hitting theaters on Apr. 19, 2019, and Apr. 2, 2021, respectively.
Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray is directing the upcoming film, which he announced on social media. "I could not have asked for better partners than Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, & the Universal Studios Entertainment family," he posted on Facebook. "Together we are excited to bring you the next chapter in the Fast & Furious saga. #FastFamily."