Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Scott Eastwood to star in 'Fast 8'

Furious 7 was one of the most interesting and tricky Hollywood blockbusters in recent memory. The seventh installment in the Fast & Furious series served as both a beginning and an end- it charted new paths for the franchise's future, but also sent off its original star (the late Paul Walker) with grace and emotional pathos. We all knew that the Fast and Furious crew hadn't seen their last rodeo, but at the same time, the series was without one of its biggest faces for the first time ever. Now, we've entered the new era of the franchise. Major changes began happening at Universal immediately, as the studio hoped to avoid Vin Diesel in the director's chair by appointing Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray. In addition, the studio added Charlize Theron, hot off her success in Mad Max: Fury Road, into the mix, filling the role of the lead villain. But the franchise still needed another major hero, someone to become a face for the franchise. Nearly a year later, it seems that they've found their man.

Scott Eastwood, star of Suicide Squad and The Longest Ride, will star in Fast 8, which was officially announced by Universal on the Fast & Furious Twitter page. If the tweet is to be believed, Eastwood will play the "protege" of Kurt Russell's Mr. Nobody, who played a major role in the last film. No other word on Eastwood's role, but it's safe to say that this guy might just be the breakout star of the next few years. In addition to the aforementioned Suicide Squad, Eastwood also has critical roles in Oliver Stone's Snowden and Ben Affleck's Live by Night. So yeah, the son of a Hollywood legend could end up being one in his own right. I can't say that I'm honestly all that familiar with his work, and I think that statement goes for many people- after all, his career has only just begun. However, after reading his post on Instagram, it really does seem like he's at home in the Fast and Furious franchise. In the post, Eastwood noted that he was good friends with Walker and that he is going to make the late actor "proud" with this new role. I'm confident that he'll do a great job.

Fast 8 stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Scott Eastwood, Lucas Black and Charlize Theron, and will hit theaters on April 14, 2017.

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