Part of what has allowed Universal’s Fast and the Furious series to become the major franchise it is today is the supporting cast. These movies keep adding big names to fill out key roles beyond the core recurring cast – especially, when it comes to the job of antagonist. Dwayne Johnson, for instance, started his run with the series as an antagonist of sorts in Fast Five; Luke Evans played the villain in Furious 6; and Jason Statham is taking over baddie duties in this week’s release, Furious 7.
Now Dame Helen Mirren has thrown her name in the ring, as someone who wants to join in the fun – for either Fast and Furious 8 or whatever additional installments come after Furious 7. The Oscar-winner says she’s all the more interested in stepping back into the action movie genre now that RED 3 seems unlikely to happen (due to RED 2‘s weaker-than-expected box office turnout), but that her “great ambition” is to join the Fast and the Furious crew for an adventure.
Mirren, during an interview with Yahoo! Movies about her upcoming film Woman in Gold, was asked for her thoughts on the recent uptick in “big franchise movies” in Hollywood. She replied that she was pleased that there are more properties featuring young women as the hero/protagonist (like Divergent) – saying that means “I can come along and play the baddie,” much as Kate Winslet does in Divergent (or Patricia Clarkson does in The Maze Runner), for instance.
My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie. 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. I’d also love to do another Red-type movie, because those are such fun to do.
Rumor has it that Kurt Russell, who joined the Fast and the Furious movie series for Furious 7, may serve as the main antagonist in Fast and Furious 8 – or, possibly, the multi-part finale that is rumored to be in development. There certainly appears to be something of a loosely-defined game plan already laid out for this series’ future, so that will have an effect on what new cast addition are recruited for all/any upcoming installments.
It would nonetheless be fun if these films managed to find room for Mirren to play, for example, a baddie of sorts – perhaps one recalling Vanessa Redgrave’s sophisticated criminal from Mission: Impossible. The Fast and the Furious franchise is evolving into more of a Mission: Impossible/James Bond style globe-trotting espionage adventure series with Furious 7 anyway – making the comparison (and Mirren’s addition) all the more fitting, in that respect.
… Okay, maybe we just really want to watch Mirren pull some Vin Diesel-level car stunts (like skyscraper hopping with a Ferrari). Can you blame us?
Furious 7 opens in U.S. theaters on April 3rd, 2015.
Source: Yahoo! Movies