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Up until now, "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" had been the unfortunate middle child of the popular series, the odd one-off with only tenuous connections to the movies starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. The series' surprisingly complex chronology — the Diesel-Walker movies just caught up to the events of "Tokyo Drift" — didn't help the matter.

That was until yesterday. Deadline is reporting that Lucas Black, who played the hero Sean Boswell in "Tokyo Drift," has been welcomed into the family with open arms. The site said that Black has signed on be a new series regular with appearances already set for "Fast 7, 8 and 9."

It's a very good day to be Lucas Black.

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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftWith just two days until the starting pistol is fired for the U.S. release of “Fast Five,” we enter day 3 of our week-long look back at the films that came before. Today we turn to the most exotic and unusual addition to the franchise: “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” featuring an all-new main cast and scenes primarily filmed overseas.

For the third installment of “The Fast And the Furious” franchise, the filmmakers broke away from the pack and relocated the series to the Tokyo streets that gave them the Asian-import cars from the original film. Just as Vin Diesel dropped out of the second film, his founding co-star Paul Walker opted out of this third film and pushed producer Neal H. Moritz to find a completely new cast to rebuild the franchise. For that he turned to noted independent actor Lucas Black, who became known for both his acting chops and Alabama accent in films like “Sling Blade,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Jarhead.” For directing this primarily Tokyo-based production, Moritz turned to Asian-American filmmaker Justin Lin, known at the time for his 2002 crime-drama “Better Luck Tomorrow.”

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