That was fast
And here we always thought of Helen Mirren as staid and proper, basically, “The Queen” of England. But now comes news that the 70-year-old British Oscar winner is thrilled to be co-starring in the next “Fast and Furious” movie. “I’ve always rather loved driving,” she told Elle. “I said, ‘I’ll be in it, but only if I’m allowed to drive, if I do drive in it.’ ” More than a year ago, Mirren talked of her love for the franchise — and a certain bald star. “I have to say Vin Diesel is brilliant,” she told Yahoo! Movies then. “He’s a great guy, smart — I love him. It’s partly because of him I’d like to be in one, but also the driving.” No word on what her role will be. “Fast 8” is due out next April.
The way it was
We’ve been hearing plenty about Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and their fellow KC celebrities coming to town this weekend for their Big Slick fundraiser. But a famous Kansas Citian from a different era is also making news. Walter Cronkite, who grew up in the area and got his start on KCMO radio and the United Press bureau here, will be the focus of a Steven Spielberg film, reports Deadline Hollywood. The movie will look into the role that the CBS news anchor — “America’s most trusted newsman” — played in turning public opinion against the Vietnam War. Spielberg will reteam with his “Bridge of Spies” writer and producer.
▪ Margot Robbie is turning heads for her superhero antics in August’s “Suicide Squad.” Now she’s set to star in two biopics, says Variety: “I, Tonya,” about crazy-jealous figure skater Tonya Harding, and “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” where she’ll play the wife of Winnie-the-Pooh creator A.A. Milne.
▪ Eddie Murphy’s long-gestating “Beverly Hills Cop 4” finally has a director, well two, says Deadline Hollywood: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who helmed the edgy indie drama “Black” last year.
▪ Buzz is building for Meryl Streep in August’s “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the true story of a socialite who thought she could perform opera (she couldn’t). Streep may be on her way to her 20th Academy Award nomination, breaking her old record, says Variety.