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Fast & Furious 7 rumour: Paul Walker’s brother to film final scenes

- December 14th, 2013

Earlier this week we brought you the news that screenwriter Chris Morgan is in the process of rewriting Fast & Furious 7 to “retire” the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner from the series. I know it sounds morbid, but Fast 7 is one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2014, and with filming halfway done, it’s a foregone conclusion that director James Wan is going to have to finish the picture.

Universal has suspended shooting the film until January at the earliest so Morgan can revise the script in a way that gives O’Conner a proper sendoff and sets the franchise up for an eighth instalment with stars Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Lucas Black. But as for how filmmakers will account for Walker’s film exit (presumably he’d be killed off in the series) will be tricky given how he died in real life.

Today’s latest Fast 7 rumour hints that Walker’s younger brother, Cody, may step in and film his final scenes. The source of the news is the Daily Mail, so take it with a heaping grain of salt.

The pair look similar and Cody, again this is a rumour, could conceivably film Paul’s scenes “from behind and at distance.” If they need to shoot something close-up, Paul’s face could be CGI’d in post-production.

Of course nothing is certain, and the Daily Mail is quick to point out that Cody’s involvement is by no means a lock.

“If Cody agrees it’s because he wants to honour his brother’s memory. There are many details that still need to be worked out, but right now the family and cast and crew are all still grieving.”

If this is the way filmmakers proceed, then it will allow Fast & Furious 7 to play out, for the most part, the way it was intended before setting up ensuing sequels that could focus on Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and Lucas Black’s Tokyo Drift character, Sean Boswell.

What do you think of the idea? Sound off in the comments.

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10 comments

  1. JD | December 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Better Paul Walker’s brother than Justin Bieber.

  2. yap kok kong | December 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    go ahead with his brother

  3. Roger Alaniz | December 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Cody Walker !!

  4. Scott | December 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I think it would be the best way they could honor Paul

  5. Fernando | December 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I hope cody walker accept to do it that will be a way to honor his brother cody and paul look like the same

  6. Rose | December 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I think that would be the most fitting and honorable way to shoot the film. It would definately be a great send off for Paul Walker. The cast they have for the film outside Paul is great but it will not be the same without him.

  7. DW | December 15, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Or, they could pull the standard soap opera switcheroo. He gets into a fight and his face is horribly disfigured so he had to undergo emergency plastic surgery.

  8. kate | December 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    So sad i love paul walker. Replace him with his bro. Justin beiber aint a touch on him. Send him off in style with hos family .

  9. ANDREW | December 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I think his brother will do it but if they are planning on killing off “Brian O conner then maybe not cause that is kinda a disrespectful way to do the late star. Hopefully they will think of a better way to send him off the proper way, and if not hell ask the fans some have really great ideas on the movie

  10. vienna | December 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Has Cody ever acted though?? If he has, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to include him into the remaining release of #7 ……Paul sadly dies in #7, which draws in his immediate famlily to mourn his horrific death, and his brother continues as a main character on joining the FAF crew playing out revenge in the following sequals of FAF there after……would be a nice addition seeing Paul in Cody when watching FAF …..just tossing an idea out there. By no means would we ever forget our star Paul, but seriously what better way to continue the sequals with his brother carrying on…….

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