Fast 8

If there’s one thing everyone seems to agree on right now, it’s that 2016 has been the freaking worst. But even now, there are occasional reminders that this world isn’t a completely terrible place. Earlier this year, Helen Mirren‘s dearest wish came true when she was finally cast in a Fast and Furious movie — and today, she’s even got a photo to show for it. Click through to see Mirren cozying up to Vin Diesel on the set of Fast 8.

Social media champ Vin Diesel shared the Fast 8 Helen Mirren image on Instagram, because of course he did. It is Toretto Tuesday, after all.

Such a joy and an honor working with Helen Miren… Happy Toretto Tursday!

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Okay, so it’s not the most action-packed picture we’ve seen from Fast 8. But it’s Oscar winner and occasional action hero Helen Mirren! In a Fast and Furious movie! That’s something worth celebrating.

In 2015, Mirren spilled her heart’s desire to the press. “My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie,” she said. “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.” And it seems word eventually got around to Diesel, as earlier this summer she revealed she had been cast in Fast 8.

Mirren has only a small role in Fast 8, and sadly it doesn’t involve getting behind the wheel. “I wanted to be driving, but unfortunately, I’m not,” she said a few weeks ago, adding, “Maybe that will come in the future, in Fast and Furious 12.” Hey, we’ve all gotta have something to strive for.

Fast 8 zooms into theaters on April 14, 2017.

 

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