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 years 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.