The filmmaking team behind Fast & Furious 7 have asked Paul Walker’s brothers to complete some of his final scenes in the upcoming sequel.
The announcement was made on the film’s Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. At the time of his death last November, Walker had completed roughly half his scenes and was slated to appear in Fast VIII, IX and possibly X.
Universal Pictures, director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan opted to “retire” his character, Brian O’Conner, and will presumably continue on with the franchise. After noting that “Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action” for the new film, the Facebook message announces that his brothers Caleb and Cody will “complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production.”
It had been reported last month that Walker’s final Fast 7 scenes would be CGI’d using body doubles and voice effects.
Fast & Furious 7 opens April 10, 2015.
After months of speculation, we now have an idea on how producers plan to finish Fast & Furious 7 and “retire” the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner.
According to The New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l, Universal and director James Wan will use a combination of body doubles and CGI.
“They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base,” a source close to the production tells Confidenti@l. It had been rumoured that filmmakers were considering using Paul’s brother Cody to shoot his remaining scenes, but it is unclear if he will be one of the doubles.
The film recently resumed production in Atlanta and is scheduled for release April 10, 2015.
At the time of Walker’s death last November, the 40-year-old star had completed roughly half his scenes in the upcoming sequel. He had confirmed there were plans for a Fast VIII, IX and possibly X. The film has been reportedly been rewritten in a way that provides closure for the O’Connor character, but allows the series to continue.
In a Facebook post, Walker’s Fast co-star Vin Diesel wrote, “We are going back in this month Pablo… I know you are with me…”
Some of Walker’s other co-stars have spoken out in the months since his death.
“This is the only movie I ever worked on where we are all real close even after the movie is over,” Tyrese Gibson told TooFab of the Fast & Furious team. “It wasn’t just losing a co-star, he was family for real. That’s why it took so long to recover.”
“Listen, it’s catastrophic,” Kurt Russell said while promoting a documentary about his father’s minor-league baseball team at Sundance. “It’s the worst thing that could happen to a movie, but it’s not as bad as what happened to Paul,” “So everything is in perspective. He was a terrific guy. And life is full of curveballs.”
After a lengthy delay following the death of Paul Walker, Fast & Furious 7 is getting ready to resume shooting.
Sources are telling The Hollywood Reporter that the sequel will restart production in April. Walker had only completed approximately half his scenes when he was killed in a car crash outside of Los Angeles on Nov. 30. Production was immediately shut down and screenwriter Chris Morgan and director James Wan were forced to rework the storyline to retire Walker’s Brian O’Connor character from the series.
O’Connor will not be killed in the film and the series is expected to continue with Fast 8, 9 and 10.
In a recent interview with IGN, Kurt Russell talked about his role in Fast 7, which was supposed to expand in the eighth instalment.
“That’s going to be interesting,” Russell said when he was asked if his character would be back for Fast 8. “Because the character has been purposely been treated in a certain way so that he can or can’t. The ‘can’ will be an interesting stretch. It works, because I understand what it is and we came up with it. It’s like, ‘Oh, wow! That’s cool!’ If he doesn’t, then he doesn’t. If he gets killed, he gets killed. That will be for them to determine. I just wanted to be able to work with them making the best possible character to either be sad he doesn’t move on or say, ‘Yeah, I want this character to move on — we need this character to move on.’ That sort of thing. I don’t know what the situation, with Paul dying, does to that. I don’t know.”
And Walker’s Fast co-star Vin Diesel posted a video on his Facebook page Wednesday night showing him playing a video game with a friend who he hints could be the late Paul Walker. Diesel has been sharing photos and video of the late star on the social media site for the past several months.
Fast & Furious 7 opens April 10, 2015.
Okay, so it’s not real, but it’s incredibly cool. A fan-made teaser poster for Fast & Furious 7 has taken the Internet by storm.
The poster was tweeted by a fake Vin Diesel account (@OffVinDiesel) and read: “The Fast and Furious 7 teaser poster makes me want to cry…”
Vin is more active on Facebook, and uses it pretty exclusively to communicate with his fans. The fake Twitter account has since been closed.
Fast 7 director James Wan expressed admiration for the poster, but revealed it’s a fake.
Personally, I think it’s a pretty classy way to advertise the upcoming movie in which Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor character will be “retired.”
Fast 7 also stars Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and Ronda Rousey, and opens April 10, 2015.
Kurt Russell is no stranger to Fast & Furious-type movies (remember Stuntman Mike in Death Proof?), so he seemed like a great fit when the seventh instalment was announced last summer. Vin Diesel was the first to share the news, posting a photo on Facebook, with Fast 7 director James Wan tweeting: “Directing a living legend today. #KurtRussell”
Walker himself weighed in on the casting in an interview with MTV in November. “He plays the cool guy that we’ve never had looking out for us in the past,” Walker said. “Kind of like the father figure.
“It’s cool having Kurt… I really like having him around.”
Turns out the feeling was mutual, with Russell talking affectionately about his late co-star in an interview with EW. “That was a terrific guy,” he said. “I just met him on the [movie] and I was just very struck by how similar our lives are and how we looked at life. All the things he did outside of acting that he really enjoyed were similar to the things that I like to do. He was a hell of a good guy.”
While filmmakers grapple with how to continue Fast 7 in the wake of Walker’s death, Russell offered up some details on when we can expect shooting to resume. “We were talking about [my character] possibly going into a future episode as a sort of father-figure to Vin and Paul’s character — or possibly die in Fast and Furious 7. The character was created to go either way, and it will be interesting to see what they do now, if there’s any change in that. I don’t know if there will be. But obviously, they’re working hard on doing what they have to do to try to make that thing work. I think they’re going to gear up again in February or March, so we’ll see.”
Last week, Universal announced that Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, will not be killed off in the film. The plan is to “retire” the character in a way that the series can continue on without him.
In a Facebook post today, Diesel wrote: “Tomorrow we meet with the studio, regarding the future of the Fast saga… and the completion of Seven.”
Fast & Furious 7 will be released April 10, 2015.