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Paul Walker’s brothers to help finish ‘Fast and Furious’ scenes

- April 15th, 2014

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.

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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.

Paul Walker’s final ‘Fast and Furious 7′ scenes will be CGI’d

- March 21st, 2014

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.”

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‘Fast and Furious 7′ to resume shooting in April

- February 27th, 2014

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.

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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.

Kurt Russell unveils new ‘Fast and Furious 7′ details

- February 15th, 2014

Kurt Russell has revealed some more information on the upcoming Fast & Furious film, including a hint that his character may be in the eighth installment.

Russell, who was unsure if his character would still be used following the death of franchise star Paul Walker, confirmed to IGN he’ll still be in the film, although the logistics were still being sorted out.

He added that although shooting hasn’t started yet, they’ve narrowed down the location spots and filming time.

“I’ve been told April, maybe May, maybe Dubai, maybe Atlanta, maybe LA,” Russell said.

IGN reported that when Russell first signed on for the project, he would’ve had a minor role in the seventh film and an expanded role in the eighth.

Russell confirmed that while talks for his character in the eighth role were still taking place, it would be harder to move forward without Walker’s character.

“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.”

Although Walker’s character seemed to be crucial for the development of Russell’s still unnamed man, the actor confessed his character was much closer to Vin Diesel’s character, Dominic Toretto.

“The character that I play is presented as one thing, but you have a big suspicion that he’s another. Vin’s character is – it’s really the family around Vin that’s going to be suspecting “Why is he involved with this guy?”

“It was always going to be Vin’s character who he was a father figure to – but he’s either a good one or a bad one,” Russell said.

Russell also had parting words for his co-star and friend Walker, adding that he was “a terrific person” and “everything about him was cool.”

Fast & Furious 7 was set to be released sometime this year, but was pushed back due to Walker’s death. The film is slotted to be released on April 15, 2015.

Watch the trailer for Paul Walker’s ‘Brick Mansions’

- February 12th, 2014

We’re getting our first look at Brick Mansions, the final film Paul Walker completed before he died in a fiery car crash Nov. 30.

Walker had finished work on the film just days before his death.

Brick Mansions is an English-language update of the French action film District B13 from Luc Besson (Taken) and first-time director Camille Delamarre (editor on Taken 2 and Transporter 3) that features Walker as Damien Collier, an undercover cop, who has to stop a ruthless crime lord (played by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA) from detonating a bomb in walled-off area of Detroit nicknamed Brick Mansions.

The film will be the last time we’ll see Walker on the big screen until Fast & Furious 7 hits theatres in April 2015. Production on that sequel is expected to get underway next month, with Walker’s character Brian O’Conner getting a respectful sendoff. Walker had completed half of his scenes at the time of his death.

Brick Mansions looks like it’s going to be wall-to-wall action. So Fast & Furious fans will definitely want to check it out when it hits theatres April 25.


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