Scott Eastwood
Cast member Scott Eastwood poses at the premiere of "The Longest Ride" at the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California April 6, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on April 10. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Scott Eastwood paid homage to the late Paul Walker on Instagram after being cast in “Fast and Furious 8.” The actor also shared his excitement about being cast in the movie and described the franchise as a “legacy.”

Paul Walker (Brian O’Conner) and Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto) have been the main cast members of the franchise who built the franchise up and saw it grow year after year. Walker sadly passed away in a car accident in 2013. The actor was in the passenger seat of a Carrera GT at the time of the accident.

Eastwood said in his Instagram post that the actors in the franchise have become a family and that he “absolutely can’t wait” to join the team of “great actors.” Paying tribute to Walker, Eastwood said that the actor was a close friend of his and the two used to surf together. He also added that Walker was a role model to him and an “influencing figure” in his life. Eastwood said that being a part of the franchise was a “dream come true.”

Teasing some details about his character in “Fast and Furious 8,” Eastwood said that he was playing a character who works under Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell). Eastwood said that Russell was a childhood hero of his and he is looking forward to working with “such an original and cool guy.”

Eastwood has been a part of many action movies in Hollywood that include “Fury,” “Gran Torino” and “Flags of Our Fathers.” Commenting on the actors Instagram post, some of the fans welcomed him to the “family.”

The actor said in his post that he would make Walker proud. “Fast and Furious 8” is being directed by F. Gary Gary and is slated to be released on April 14, 2017 in the US. The release date of the movie in Australia is currently not known.