Back in June, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren confirmed she had joined the cast of Fast and Furious 8, which came about after she commented last year that she wants to play a "mad driver" in a Fast & Furious movie. Unfortunately, the actress won't be doing any actual driving in the movie. And she'll only be on the set for one day. It seems that day has already come, with franchise star Vin Diesel sharing our first look at Helen Mirren on the set of Fast and Furious 8.
Vin Diesel revealed on Instagram yesterday that it was an "honor and joy" to work with Helen Mirren, although no details were given for her role. The photo shows Vin Diesel sporting a traditional Fast & Furious look with a sleeveless shirt, while Helen Mirren is dressed far more elegant. We don't know any details about what Vin Diesel's Dominic Torreto and Helen Mirren's unknown character may be discussing in this photo, but we'll be sure to keep you posted with more details as they emerge.
Regardless of who she's playing, Helen Mirren is just the latest addition to an all-star ensemble cast of Fast & Furious 8. Franchise regulars Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw), Michelle Rodriguez (Leti), Lucas Black (Sean), Tyrese Gibson (Roman), Ludacris (Tej) and Kurt Russell (Mr. Nobody) all reprise their roles from the previous movies. They will be joined by a host of newcomers including Charlize Theron as the new villain Cipher, Kristofer Hivju as her second in command, Scott Eastwood in an unknown role and it has also been rumored that Eva Mendes will reprise her 2 Fast 2 Furious role as U.S. Customs Agent Monica Fuentes, although that has yet to be confirmed.
The story will primarily take place in New York, but this production is truly a global affair. Shooting will also take place in Atlanta and Russia, Cuba and Iceland. It is believed that the Cuba scenes will introduce fans to Dominic Torreto's Cuban family, but that has yet to be confirmed. It isn't known how long principal photography is scheduled to last on Fast & Furious 8, but we know this will be the first installment of the franchise's final trilogy. Universal has already set an April 19, 2019 release date for Fast & Furious 9, and the franchise closes out with Fast & Furious 10 on April 2, 2021.
Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray directs Fast & Furious 8, working from a script by Chris Morgan. The writer is responsible for penning every movie in the series, except for the first two, 2001's The Fast and the Furious and 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious. Universal has already set an April 14, 2017 release date for Fast 8, and it currently has that date all to itself. But it will be hitting theaters one week after Warner Bros.' Going In Style remake and Sony's Smurfs: The Lost Village. Take a look at this new photo from the set with Vin Diesel and Helen Mirren as production continues on Fast & Furious 8.