‘Fast and Furious 8’ News: Paul Walker Brother Cody and Kurt Russell Join Cast?

By Shane Jordan on May 30, 2015 10:12 PM EDT

Sure it might seem a little odd being that Fast and Furious 7 is probably still playing in a theater near you, but Vin Diesel recently confirmed to Jimmy Kimmel that he already has the plot lines for the next film in the franchise, Fast 8, all figured out. According to the latest gossip news updates, not only is the new movie going to take place in New York City, Kurt Russell is going to be coming back to the cast to reprise his role, whom the sequel centers on. It has also been announced through his reps, the Paul Walker's brother, Cody, is also up for coming back to stand in for Brain O'Conner, who is still very much alive and well at the end of Furious 7.

Not only have Jason Stratham, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and, of course, Vin Diesel all confirmed that they are excited to start filming Fast 8 just as soon as Universal gets everything in order, it's also been confirmed that Kurt Russell will be coming back to work with the family on the next job in New York.

During a recent visit to Jimmy Kimmel's late night talk show, Diesel explained that not only does he come up with the scripts three at a time like he's George Lucas writing Star Wars, he also casts the films a couple movies out as well (via SlashFilm):

"I will tell you something about Kurt Russell. You know how I always think of these films multiple pictures in advance -- I think of them as trilogies.

"So, Kurt Russell came in for this movie, but we really hired him because of a story that follows this, that takes place in New York."

While Vin is still keeping a pretty tight lid on exactly how big a role Paul Walker's character, who is still very much alive in the world of Fast and Furious, will have in the next movie, Cody Walker's manager, Matt Luber, told the NY Daily News that his brother would of course strongly consider coming back if Universal and Vin Diesel come a knocking:

"I'm not sure if they are going to make an eighth movie, but if they did, I'm sure he would entertain a conversation [about a role]."

It seems that Cody caught the acting bug while recently pretending to be his brother, and according to Luber, is looking forward to perhaps wearing his own face in his next role outside of the franchise:

"[His acting career] is in its beginning stages. He's open to all types of roles."

It seems safe to say that that is one role that Vin Diesel probably didn't see himself having to recast when he was working out the latest Fast trilogy in his head all those months ago.

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