Paul Walker to star in Clint Eastwood's World War II epic Flags of Our Fathers

The 31-year-old actor will play the part of a flag raiser in Flags of Our Fathers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Fast and the Furious star has joined tha cast of the World War II epic Flags of Our Fathers, directed by Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby).

Paul Walker, 31, will play Hank Hansen, a seasoned soldier and a flag raiser in the movie based on the book "Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima", written by James Bradley and published in 2000 with Ron Powers, which was adapted for screen by Paul Haggis, who recently worked with Eastwood on "Million Dollar Baby".

Shooting are set to begin this month in Iceland, Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Steven Spielberg will be the producer of the DreamWorks -Warner Bros. project, which would be domestically distributed by DreamWorks, and internationally distributed by Warner Bros.

The movie is based on the Battle of Iwo Jima, which took place in winter 1945, was a turning point in the Pacific theater. In one month, 22,000 Japanese and 26,000 Americans died, and the battle produced one of the most enduring images of WWII: a photograph of U.S. servicemen raising an American flag on the flank of Mount Suribachi, the island's commanding high point.

Paul Walker: Filmography

Antarctica (2006) (post-production)
Into the Blue (2005) (completed)
Running Scared (2006)
Noel (2004)
Timeline (2003)
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Life Makes Sense If You're Famous (2002)
Joy Ride (2001)
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Skulls (2000)
Brokedown Palace (1999)
She's All That (1999)
Varsity Blues (1999)
Pleasantville (1998)
Meet the Deedles (1998)
Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)
"The Young and the Restless" (1973) TV Series
Programmed to Kill (1987)
Monster in the Closet (1987)
"Throb" (1986) TV Series