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Scott Eastwood Joins 'Fast and Furious 8' Cast, Posts Tribute to Paul Walker

Actor promises to make his late friend Paul Walker "proud" as newest member of popular franchise



    Scott Eastwood takes part in Life Time South Beach Triathlon at Lummus Park on April 3, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida.

    Charlize Theron won't be the only "Fast and Furious 8" newcomer – Scott Eastwood has signed on for the next installment of the franchise, too.

    On Monday, the 30-year-old actor confirmed the casting news on Instagram and posted a touching tribute to Paul Walker.

    "It's hard to put into words how excited I am for the next Fast & Furious," Eastwood began. "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."

    Clint Eastwood's son couldn't "say too much" about his role, "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 wrote. "Very much looking forward to learning a thing or two from such an original and cool guy."

    Eastwood feels the "Fast" family's ever-present loss on a personal level. "Paul was a close friend of mine," he wrote. "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 went on to thank the filmmakers behind "Fast and Furious 8" as well as Vin Diesel "for the support and the insight." He concluded by directly addressing his late friend, writing simply, "Paul - I am going to make you proud."

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