The actress will star alongside Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson and franchise newcomers Charlize Theron and Scott Eastwood in a mystery role.

Helen has spoken about her desire to join the film series, telling Yahoo Movies last year (15), "My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie. 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 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. It's partly because of him I'd like to be in one (of the films), but also the driving."

And now she is hoping to show off her driving skills in the movie.

"I said, 'I'll be in it, but only if I'm allowed to drive if I do drive in it'," she tells "But we'll see. We'll see how it transpires. Film is a wonderful thing and it can be so many different things. I don't want to turn my back on any of the different ways movies can be. I love the movies. I love going to the films. I like very serious films, I love foreign films, and I love big, fun movies - as long as they're well made and they've got good scripts. That's the most important thing."

Fast 8 is scheduled to hit theatres in April, 2017.

The cast is currently shooting scenes in Cuba.