Scott Eastwood Gearing Up for ‘Fast 8’
“Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody has a new protege,” a message on the film’s official Twitter page reads. “Welcome @ScottEastwood to the Fast family.” The casting news comes a week after it was revealed Charlize Theron had signed on to play the villain in the eighth installment of the hugely successful action series. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, will welcome back franchise stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris. Production on Fast 8 is expected to begin in May, ahead of an April 2017 release. The movie will be one of three final sequels for speed-loving fans of the franchise, as Diesel, who plays Dominic Toretto, previously confirmed the series will hand over the keys after a 10th and final film. He took to Instagram in February to reveal the ninth movie will hit theaters in April 2019, followed by the grand finale in April 2021. The release dates were announced along with the words: “2 Decades. 10 films. 1 saga.” The first film in the franchise was released back in 2001, and quickly became a hit thanks to its combination of a talented cast, extremely fast cars and scantily clad women. Tragedy struck, however, when its star Paul Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in the movies, died in a car crash in November 2013. The seventh installment honored Walker and retired his character and proved to be a big hit with fans, grossing over $1.5 billion worldwide.