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

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,” Scott 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.”

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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.”

Here’s where you might need the tissues: Scott 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.”

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Scott 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.”

(E! and Universal Pictures are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

Below, watch Vin Diesel’s emotional tribute to Paul Walker from the PCAs.