Fans were excited to see Dame Helen Mirren in the new trailer for Fast & Furious 9, where she is shown behind the wheel of a purple sports car.
The trailer was released today (14 April) and features a plot centered around Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto battling it out with his estranged brother, Jakob (John Cena), who also happens to be a high-performance driver and assassin.
The 75-year-old actor was originally introduced to the franchise in 2017’s The Fate of The Furious, where she played Magdalene Shaw, the mother of Deckard (Jason Statham), Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), and Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). She also appeared in the 2019 franchise spinoff Hobbs and Shaw.
“WE GOT DAME HELEN MIRREN DRIFTING, THIS SUMMER IS GONNA RULE,” wrote a fan in excitement on Twitter.
“No thoughts head empty just helen mirren drifting,” wrote another fan on Twitter.
“The most important thing revealed in this trailer is that they finally give Helen Mirren a car,” wrote another fan.
Speaking about how she came into the franchise, Mirren told Buzzfeed in 2017: “My role in F and F 8 came about because I begged for it. I almost went down on my knees. Not quite. But I went down on my metaphorical knees to Vin [Diesel] and to everyone.
“I always ... I just wanted to be in one of those movies,” she continued. “So word went out that I wanted to be in it and they very kindly gave me a role in it. So I was very excited.”
Fast & Furious 9 arrives in theatres in the US on 25 June and in the UK on 8 July.