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Fast and Furious 8 adds Scott Eastwood

Clint’s son is Kurt’s protégé.

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Hollywood scion and Jack Reynor lookalike Scott Eastwood has joined the Fast & Furious franchise. The actor has a busy schedule, between upcoming roles in Suicide SquadSnowden, and Ben Affleck’s Live by Night. Now comes official word that he will take part in the as-yet-untitled Furious octoquel, which in deference to Eastwood’s lineage we will henceforth refer to as The Good, The Fast, and the Furious.

Universal announced the casting in a tweet, declaring that “Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody has a new protégé Welcome @ScottEastwood to the Fast family.” Russell’s shady government agent first appeared in Furious Seven as White Nick Fury, basically, welcoming Dominic Toretto and his friend-family of gearhead militants into a brave new world of international car warlords. This announcement would seem to confirm that Russell will be returning for the eighth film, which means that next year Kurt Russell is in a Fast & Furious movie and a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, along with The LEGO Kurt Russell Movie, a project I just invented and now can’t live without.

 

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Presumably Eastwood’s “protégé” will clash with the Toretto family over their methods, before learning the spiritual value of driving one car through 10 buildings. But will Eastwood wind up becoming a new member of the family, or will he betray everyone like Carano in Furious 6? Time will tell; time flies in quarter miles.

This news come mere days after the film cast Charlize Theron as the new Big Bad, so the cast has a few somewhat mildly attractive demi-god specimens. The film hits on April 14, 2017, so expect further updates for the next 368 days.