Scott Eastwood joins 'Fast and Furious' franchise: 'Paul Walker was like an older brother to me'

Scott Eastwood Joins 'Fast 8', Says Paul Walker Was an 'Older Brother' to Him


Fast and Furious has found another heartthrob to join the film franchise.

"It's hard to put into words how excited I am for the next Fast & Furious," Scott Eastwood shared in a Facebook post on Monday. "To me, the series is so much more than just a franchise. It's a legacy. These great actors who have been in it together for so long have become a family. I absolutely can't wait to join it."

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However, Eastwood didn't go into detail about his role in Fast 8, saying only, "I get to play a new character who operates under Kurt Russell in the movie, which is incredible, because Kurt was a total childhood hero of mine growing up. Very much looking forward to learning a thing or two from such an original and cool guy."

In November 2013, Fast and Furious star Paul Walker was killed in a car crash. Fast 8 will be the first sequel that will not feature the 40-year-old actor.

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"Paul was a close friend of mine. We surfed together, traveled together, and he was a huge role model and influencing figure in my life when I was younger," Eastwood said. "He still is. He was an older brother to me. For me to be able to add to the F&F story, Paul's story, and the FAST family is like a dream come true."

The 30-year-old actor went on to thank Walker's friend and longtime co-star, Vin Diesel, for the "support and the insight."

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"Paul - I am going to make you proud," he added.

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Scott Eastwood joins 'Fast and Furious' franchise: 'Paul Walker was like an older brother to me'
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - APRIL 03: Scott Eastwood Takes Part In Life Time South Beach Triathlon at Lummus Park on April 3, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for Life Time Athletic Events)
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - APRIL 03: Scott Eastwood participates In Life Time South Beach Triathlon at Lummus Park on April 3, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Scott Eastwood visits The Empire State Building on April 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Scott Eastwood attends the GQ 20th Anniversary Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for GQ Magazine)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Scott Eastwood is seen in Santa Monica on February 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actor Scott Eastwood arrives at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Scott Eastwood attends the 2015 InStyle And Warner Bros. 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 25: Actress Britt Robertson (L) and actor Scott Eastwood attend the Professional Bull Riders Official PBR 21st Birthday Party at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on October 25, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Professional Bull Riders)
WINSTON SALEM, NC - AUGUST 12: Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson at 'The Longest Ride' set visit on August 12, 2014 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19: Actor Scott Eastwood arrives at the premiere of Open Road Films' 'Sabotage' at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on March 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Scott Eastwood and Bradley Cooper attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF14/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Scott Eastwood and Erin Heatherton are seen in Soho on September 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 04: Actor Scott Eastwood (L) and TV Personality Audrina Patridge (R) attend the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards at Grove Theater on May 4, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
Alison Eastwood and Scott Eastwood arrive at the world premiere of 'J. Edgar,' the opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011 at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California November 3, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actor Scott Eastwood attends the 'Enter Nowhere' Premiere during Screamfest 2011 at Mann Chinese 6 on October 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 3: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing live, Wednesday August 3, 2016 in New York. With guest Scott Eastwood. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03: Actor Scott Eastwood enters 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on August 03, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03: Scott Eastwood is seen at 'Good Morning America' on August 3, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23: Actor Scott Eastwood of 'Suicide Squad' attends the Samsung Experience at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Samsung)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Actor Scott Eastwood attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Central Intelligence' at Westwood Village Theatre on June 10, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Actor Scott Eastwood attends the exclusive gala event ÂFor the Love of Cinema during the Tribeca Film Festival hosted by luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IWC)
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Fast 8, which hits theaters on April 14, 2017, boasts some serious star power. In addition to Russell and Eastwood, it has also been confirmed that Charlize Theron has joined the cast. "I feel like her coming on board -- girl power," Tyrese Gibson, who's appeared in five Fast and Furious films, told ET of the actress coming on board. "What we pride [ourselves in] in The Fast and Furious [franchise] is a very diversified cast that's translating domestically and internationally in a major way."

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