Ever since its inception in 2001, the Fast & Furious franchise has continued to add exciting new characters, while keeping established characters like Dom Torretto (Vin Diesel) in the mix as well. The next installment, Fast & Furious 8, will be no different, with Charlize Theron recently signing on to play the villain and Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju is starring as her primary henchmen. Today, we have news from Deadline that another key character has been added, with Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad) taking on the role.
Unfortunately, no details about the actor's character have been released, and it isn't known if he will be siding with Dom and his crew, or if he'll be another character associated with Charlize Theron's villain. Franchise mainstays Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez are set to return, along with Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw. Deckard first surfaced in the end credits scene of Fast & Furious 6 and became the main villain in Furious 7.
No story details have been uncovered yet, but the action is set to primarily take place in New York City. The sequel will be primarily shot in New York and Atlanta, with production also set to take place in Cuba, Iceland and Russia. Principal photography is scheduled to begin sometime next month, so we should be hearing about more casting additions in the near future. There have been rumors that the production is bringing back 2 Fast 2 Furious star Eva Mendes as Customs Agent Monica Fuentes, but that hasn't been confirmed.
F. Gary Gray, who directed last year's box office sensation Straight Outta Compton, is taking the helm on Fast & Furious 8, working from a script by Chris Morgan. The writer is responsible for penning every movie in the series, except for the first two, 2001's The Fast and the Furious and 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious. Universal has already set an April 14, 2017 release date for Fast & Furious 8.
Scott Eastwood, the son of legendary actor/filmmaker Clint Eastwood, will next be seen in Snowden, hitting theaters May 13, and in the highly-anticipated Suicide Squad, arriving August 5. He most recently starred in Diablo, Dawn Patrol and The Longest Ride. Do you have any theories about who Scott Eastwood is playing in Fast & Furious 8?