ESQUIRE – A mess of gnawed-open peanut shells litters the stoop of one of the Spanish-style bungalows on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. Since 1975, this bungalow, in the shadow of the massive Soundstage 3, has been the home of Clint Eastwood’s production company, and when Eastwood and I walk up to the front door, we both notice the shells, bleaching in the hard-white late-afternoon sun.
“Those yours?” I ask him.
“Kind of,” Eastwood tells me. “There’s a squirrel around here. I like to put peanuts out for him. He’s a nice guy. He comes right into the office sometimes. The other day, I opened the door and he was clinging on to it.”
Eastwood is eighty-six now. But if you think he’s devolved into that old man on your block who walks around talking to squirrels, you’re dead wrong. Eastwood does not stop. Never has. Twenty years after most guys would be in full-on coast mode, Eastwood is still vital and vibrant, still pushing himself creatively. The guy is an inspiration, a reminder that we should always be evolving.
Most days you’ll find Eastwood here, at his office, doing what he likes to do, what gives his life meaning: work. Or, more accurately, creating. Over the past few weeks, he has been holed up in one of the editing bays here, his six-foot-three frame splayed out in an old brown Barcalounger, working with his editor to finish Sully, the thirty-fifth film he’s directed in a career that stretches back to 1955. Sully, which stars Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, the pilot who landed his disabled plane in the Hudson River in 2009, is like many of Eastwood’s films of late—the story of a man who takes action and does what is right but suffers consequences at the hands of second-guessers.
Sully shares a September release date with another film about a man who stands up for what he believes is right: Snowden. Directed by Oliver Stone, it tells the story of Edward Snowden and features Eastwood’s son Scott as Snowden’s superior at the NSA. It is the biggest role to date for the thirty-year-old. And let’s be clear: It’s not easy being Clint’s son, let alone taking up the family business. And then there’s their fifty-six-year age difference. For much of his childhood, Scott lived with his mother, Jacelyn Reeves, in Hawaii (Clint fathered him out of wedlock), and the two men didn’t spend any real time together until Scott moved to California to live with his father during high school. In the past few years, however, they have grown closer, especially after Clint cast Scott in a small part in Invictus. A few minutes after Clint and I sit down in the study of his wood-paneled office, underneath an old French-language movie poster for All Quiet on the Western Front, Scott arrives.
ESQ: Your movies have similar themes. Sully stands up for his principles against people who want to take him down. And Snowden stands up for an entirely different set of principles. Both films arrive at a time when we are looking for individuals with integrity.
Clint Eastwood: Well, we have a great lack of it now. It’s a madhouse out there. You wonder, what the hell? I mean, Sully should be running for president, not these people. Scott’s movie sounds fascinating. I want to see it because it’s about deserting your country … for whatever reasons you have. Snowden became famous for the wrong reasons, as Sully became famous for doing something spectacular.
Scott Eastwood: It’s an interesting time. My father’s definitely old-school. And he raised me with integrity—to be places on time, show up, and work hard.
ESQ: Scott, when you were growing up, you didn’t see a lot of your father, right?
SE: Yeah, I lived with my mom in Hawaii until I pissed her off. And then I came to live with my dad and pissed him off. [Laughs.]
ESQ: When you were a teenager and Clint was laying down the law, did you think, This guy scares the crap out of me?
SE: Oh, yeah, sure.
CE: He was a pretty good kid. Not much of a problem. His mother gave him a lot of values, because she’s a good person.
DEADLINE.COM – EXCLUSIVE: After staking out a February 23, 2018 release date earlier today, Legendary Pictures is targeting Scott Eastwood for a key role alongside John Boyega in the second installment of its Pacific Rim franchise. Deadline revealed June 6 that Legendary was building the Steven S. DeKnight-directed sequel around the Star Wars: The Force Awakens star, and the company is now casting up in earnest and I think Eastwood will be the next to join the fold if his deal makes. The picture begins production late this year, based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. Boyega will play the son of the character played by Idris Elba in the del Toro-directed original film. It wasn’t clear what the Eastwood role would be in a film that Universal will release worldwide, everywhere but China. The 2013 original grossed $411 million.
Eastwood, son of the iconic actor/director Clint Eastwood, is fast emerging as a potential star. Deadline broke news in April that Eastwood would join Fast 8 in a new role created for Universal’s biggest movie franchise which is being helmed by Straight Outta Compton‘s F. Gary Gray. Eastwood, who will be seen starring in the ensemble of the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad, which Warner Bros releases August 5, also will appear in the Oliver Stone-directed Snowden, which Open Road releases September 16. UTA reps him.
Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and del Toro will produce the action adventure film along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter is executive producer. How promising does the picture look now, after Legendary showed the reach of its new owner, Wanda, with the successful launch of Warcraft in China?
VARIETY.COM – Scott Eastwood (“Suicide Squad,” “Fast 8”) and Ed Harris are set to topline in “The Last Full Measure,” from Emmy Award winner Todd Robinson (“The Legend of Billy the Kid”).
Laurence Fishburne and Morgan Freeman are also in final negotiations to star in the pic, which Robinson will direct from his own screenplay.
Foresight Unlimited will be selling the title, which begins lensing in September, to buyers in Cannes this year.
Based on the true story of a present day cover-up investigation, “The Last Full Measure” follows young Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman (Eastwood) as he battles the political machine in Washington. He reluctantly teams with veterans of Operation Abilene to convince Congress to award the Medal of Honor to a courageous Air Force medic who sacrificed his life saving more than 60 soldiers in the Vietnam War.
Lauren Selig, John Watson, Pen Denham, Julian Adams, Howard Brud and Mark Damon will produce while Tamara Birkemoe and Sidney Sherman exec produce.
Eastwood will next appear in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” for Warner Bros. and Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” for Open Road Films. Harris recently wrapped an untitled Warren Beaty project for New Regency Pictures and 20th Fox and can next be seen in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s TV series “The One Percent” for Starz.
Eastwood is repped by UTA and Harris and Freeman are repped by CAA. Fishburne is ripped by Paradigm.
Foresight will also be selling Rob Cohen’s “Category 5,” Michael Mailer’s “Blind,” Neil Bogart biopic “Spinning Gold” and sci-fi epic “Inversion” along the Croisette this year.
PEOPLE – The Fast and Furious franchise has a new heartthrob.
Scott Eastwood confirmed he’s joining the cast of Fast 8 via Instagram on Monday, and included a heartfelt homage to Paul Walker.
“It’s hard to put into words how excited I am for the next Fast & Furious,” the actor, 30, wrote. “To me, the series is so much more than just a franchise. It’s a legacy.”
The Suicide Squad actor then paid tribute to Walker, who starred as Brian O’Connor in the series before dying in a tragic car accident in 2013.
“Paul was a close friend of mine,” Eastwood 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.”
In addition to continuing his late friend’s onscreen legacy, Eastwood also revealed another legendary actor he’s excited to work with on Fast 8 – and gave some clues to his role in the upcoming action flick.
“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 explained. “Very much looking forward to learning a thing or two from such an original and cool guy.”
Russell will reprise his role as the mysterious Mr. Nobody from Furious 7. But Eastwood won’t be the only newcomer to the franchise. Charlize Theron, who learned a thing or two about awesome car chases as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, is also joining the production.
Fast 8 hits theaters April 14, 2017.
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
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Alec Baldwin and Scott Eastwood are teaming to star in Crown Vic, a futuristic cop thriller being produced by Brand Inc. Entertainment.
Joel Souza, who helmed an indie called Ghost Squad, is directing the project, working off his own script.
The project tells of a young, idealistic rookie (Eastwood) who is partnered with a grizzled vet (Baldwin). The younger cop is appalled at the older man’s cynical take on the job, but before the end of the night he will find his own ideals tested and compromised.
Baldwin appeared in Concussion with Will Smith and is set to appear in Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes movie.
Eastwood, who starred in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride, will be seen in this summer’s Suicide Squad.