Scott Eastwood Joins Fast & Furious 8 with a Moving Message About “Close Friend” Paul Walker

Scott Eastwood Joins <em>Fast &amp; Furious 8</em> with a Moving Message About “Close Friend” Paul Walker
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Scott Eastwood has made his love for cars very clear on the set of Overdrive, so it made total sense when he announced his role as a cast member for the upcoming eighth Fast and Furious movie. But little did we know that he was already attached to the film’s cast in a very emotional way.

“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,” he wrote in an Instagram post. He also shared that a certain cast member was also like family to Eastwood himself.

Paul [Walker] 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,” he wrote. “Paul, I am going to make you proud.”

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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So what role will Eastwood take on when he joins the next film in the franchise? The 30-year-old will play the protégé of Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody. “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.”

We can’t wait to see this hunky actor make his “older brother” proud when the film hits theaters April 2017.

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