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We’re disappointed to report that Helen Mirren is disappointed she will not be driving a car in her dream-come-true role (possible exaggeration) in Fast 8. In true Mirren fashion, she does not mince words when talking about it.

The British actress talked about the upcoming role, telling Entertainment Weekly, “I wanted to be driving, but unfortunately, I’m not. Maybe that will come in the future, in Fast and Furious 12.”

She’s quite confident with her driving skills, saying, “I’m probably one of the few people on the set who know how to drive a gear shift car. I doubt The Rock knows. But I do. I know how to double declutch.”

We don’t blame her for feeling slighted. She was so excited to join the Fast and Furious franchise and the one thing she wanted to do was get behind the wheel, saying in an earlier interview, “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.”

We’re actually disappointed for her. What’s the point of being in a movie about racing cars and then standing on the sidelines? Please don’t tell us she’s going to be the one to the throw the flag up in the air at the start of a drag race (okay, this isn’t Grease).

We trust the Fast 8 creators have a good part in mind for Mirren, and you never know, maybe things will turn around and she will get behind the wheel.

She talked to EW about joining the established cast, saying, “I’m nervous because you’re going on to a set with people who have been doing this for [so long], basically, they all know each other, they’ve worked together, they know what they’re doing. I’ll be, you know, the newcomer, the newbie.”

She doesn’t have a ton of time to dedicate to the shoot, going on to say, “I’ve only got one day, and I’ll probably f— it up, oh God. I think they’ll be nice to me. I hope they’ll be nice to me.”

A lot can be done in one day.

Do you think Helen Mirren should push (the pedal to the metal) to drive? 

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By Brigid Brown