With news that Dame Helen Mirren wants to play the baddie in Fast and the Furious 8, we’ll forgive you for thinking April Fools' has come a day early. Well it hasn’t, meaning that if it wasn't before, it’s now abundantly clear that films with implausible car chases will continue to thrive.
In fact the most incongruous of all Hollywood's racing scenes appear to have been spawned by that very same franchise. And with the latest saga about to rake more money in at the box office, expect colleagues and friends to give you the play-by-play of how Vin Diesel once again defied the laws of physics with nothing more than a handbrake turn and a mean scowl.
Not that we’re complaining, mind you. Vin’s driving certainly beats his acting, and besides, who doesn’t love a car chase? Nobody, that’s who, and to prove this we suggest you turn your attentions to this 'ultimate car movie mashup’ below, paying homage to the Fast And Furious series and beyond: every driving scene is more electric than the last, every driver more maverick and every slow-motion jump more irresistible.
Dame Helen is onto something.