Scott Eastwood Joins ‘Fast 8′, Pays Tribute to Late Paul Walker

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The Fast & Furious franchise is getting a hot new character.

Scott Eastwood is getting his “dream come true” after it was announced yesterday (April 11) that he would be joining Fast 8 in a newly created role.

He shared a message on Instagram, paying tribute to the franchise’s fallen star, the late actor Paul Walker who passed away in a car crash in November 2013 and who was like an “older brother” to him.

Revealing only a few details about his character, he wrote:

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.

Last week it was announced that Charlize Theron would be joining the series as a villain.

Fast & Furious 8 will be released on April 14, 2017.