Universal in Fast 8 is introducing an exciting new character played by Scott Eastwood, the son of Clint Eastwood. This just went down, and he will join another newcomer to the franchise in Charlize Theron, the Mad Max: Fury Road heroine who made her deal last week.
The Fast & Furious team has excelled in adding juicy new parts to an already humming franchise engine, from Tyrese Gibson to Dwayne Johnson to most recently Jason Statham in last year’s tentpole hit Fast 7. That comes as the franchise dealt with the tragic death of Paul Walker in a car crash, which came while Fast 7 was in production.
Eastwood and Theron are now buckled in as director F. Gary Gray and producers Neal Moritz and Vin Diesel move into production next month with franchise regulars including Diesel, Johnson, Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese and others in the mix. Chris Morgan wrote the script, and a release date of April 14, 2017 has been set.
Eastwood tweeted out the news after Deadline’s break:
It’s the latest big-deal pic for Eastwood, who will be seen starring in the ensemble of the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad, which Warner Bros releases August 5. He also appears in the Oliver Stone-directed Snowden, which Open Road releases September 16. He most recently came aboard Crown Vic, a gritty, futuristic cop thriller he will star in with Alec Baldwin that Joel Souza wrote and will direct. That plot revolves around two LAPD officers navigating through their own personal turmoil while hunting down a couple of vicious cop killers.
Eastwood is repped by UTA and Joanne Horowitz Management.