Scott Eastwood Joins ‘Fast 8’: ‘Paul Was a Close Friend of Mine’

Getting behind the wheel! Scott Eastwood will star alongside Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster and more in the upcoming Fast and Furious movie, Fast 8. The actor — son of the legendary Clint Eastwood — announced the casting news via Instagram on Monday, April 11.

"It's hard to put into words how excited I am for the next Fast & Furious. To me, the series is so much more than just a franchise. It’s a legacy," the Suicide Squad star, 30, wrote. "These great actors who have been in it together for so long have become a family. I absolutely can’t wait to join it."

It's hard to put into words how excited I am for the next Fast & Furious. 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. Now I can’t say too much, but 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. 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. 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. Gary Gray and Neal Moritz – I can’t wait to get started and dive in. Vin – thank you for the support and the insight. Paul – I am going to make you proud. #F8

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Eastwood also revealed some details about his character's backstory. "Now I can’t say too much, but 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," he continued. "Very much looking forward to learning a thing or two from such an original and cool guy."

Eastwood, it turns out, has a special connection to the successful franchise. (Furious 7 made more than $1.5 billion worldwide, beating out the animated blockbuster smash Frozen as the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time.) The actor was close with the late Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013 at the age of 40. Walker starred in the franchise as Brian O'Conner and was in the middle of filming Furious 7 when he passed away. After his death, Diesel announced that another Fast and Furious trilogy was on the way.

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in 'Fast & Furious 6' Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection

"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. 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," Eastwood wrote on Monday. "Gary Gray and Neal Moritz – I can’t wait to get started and dive in. Vin [Diesel] – thank you for the support and the insight. Paul – I am going to make you proud. #F8."

Eastwood isn't the only newcomer joining the franchise. Last week, it was revealed that Charlize Theron has also been cast, and will reportedly play some type of villain.

Fast 8 hits theaters on April 14, 2017.

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