Jill Layton
June 15, 2016 12:38 pm
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Helen Mirren, Oscar winner and queen of Hollywood, has just joined the cast of Fast 8 — the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. We didn’t realize it was possible to love Mirren any more than we already do, but our love has officially grown.

In a new interview with Elle, Mirren confirmed her role in the film, as well as her love of cars.

“I’ve always rather loved driving,” she said. “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.”

We LOVE that Helen Mirren is joining one of those most bad-ass franchises ever. Can you image her doing THIS!?

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Back in 2015, Mirren explained how she basically begged to be a part of the franchise (and to do her own stunts).

My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie,” Mirren told Yahoo! Movies. “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. I’ll be in Fast and Furious 8. 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.”

We always knew Mirren was a complete badass, but in our minds, she’s no longer just a badass — she’s our hero.

Fast 8 is set to hit theaters on April 14, 2017.

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