04.12.2016
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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

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