Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren is the latest star to join the The Fast and the Furious franchise, following the casting of Charlize Theron as the villain in the upcoming eighth instalment.
Helen said she accepted the role in the sequel for "the fun of it". Character as well as plot details are still under wraps, reported theguardian.
. "I have always rather loved driving. I said, 'I will be in it, but only if I am allowed to drive, if I do drive, in it.' But we will see. We will see how it transpires," Helen told Elle magazine. This marks 70-year-old actress' first major role in an action franchise since her involvement in Red and Red 2, in which she starred with actor Bruce Willis.
Helen and Charlize will be joined by The Fast and the Furious stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and the last movie's official villain, Jason Statham. Straight Outta Compton director F Gary Gray is directing the project.
The film is set to release on April 14, 2017, and is the first of a new trilogy taking the series forward following the death of leading man Paul Walker.