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.
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