Scott Eastwood Joins 'Fast and Furious' Franchise: 'Paul Walker Was Like an Older Brother to Me'

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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."
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."

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...

Posted by Scott Eastwood on Monday, April 11, 2016
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.
"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."
"Paul - I am going to make you proud," he added.
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."