Helen Mirren has been a huge fan of the Fast & Furious franchise for some time now. It goes back, to at least, to 2015 when she told Yahoo Movies, â€œI so want to be a mad driver in a Fast and Furious movie. My claim to fame is I always do my own driving,â€ and it seems that this may have stuck in Diesel’s mind upon hearing her interview and Mirren was cast for a “mysterious” role for the upcoming The Fate Of The Furious.
But, I am quite positive that she will play the Shaw brother’s mother.
Let’s take a look at the evidence:
1.) In late 2015 Diesel said this about Mirren to ET, â€œThere are so many options! Youâ€™ve got Nathalie Emmanuelâ€™s mother. Youâ€™ve got, of course, the matriarch to the Shaw brothers!â€
2.) Variety scored an interview with Mirren in October and she dropped the largest hint, by “accident” I am sure. â€œI had always had a secret hankering to do Fast and Furious because I love driving cars. Of course, when I finally got my chance, I wasnâ€™t driving the bloody car. I was in the back of an ambulance with Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw).â€
3.) Finally, in an interview with Luke Evans (Owen Shaw) he had this to say when talking about his current medical situation, “People come around from comas, so who knows? Heâ€™s [Owen Shaw] in a military hospital because heâ€™s the most wanted man in the world, but heâ€™s got a very powerful brother, and heâ€™s now got a mum as well, whoâ€™s played by Helen Mirren.â€
This sells it for me. However, the picture above of Vin Diesel tells my that there is simply more to this story than meets the eye. For example, I am sure a movie script could find a way to make Vin the 3rd brother. What do you think?