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First look at Paul Walker’s brothers in ‘Fast and Furious 7′

- April 21st, 2014

James Wan and his Fast and Furious 7 team may just pull off using Paul Walker’s brothers as stand-ins.

Following the death of Walker, director James Wan postponed production of the film as he and his team tried to figure out how to wrap the film up without their main star.

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Older brother Caleb (L), Vin Diesel (C), and younger brother Cody (R).
Courtesy Vin Diesel’s Facebook page.

After weeks of conversation and pitched ideas, Wan announced they would be bringing in Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb as stand-ins for the final moments of the seventh installment.

The announcement was met with mixed reactions, but most agreed the idea seemed ludicrous and impossible to pull off.

Although, those hesitant concerns may be slightly eased after seeing the photo Vin Diesel, the franchise’s biggest actor, posted to Facebook early Monday morning.

In the photo reported by Badass Digest, Diesel can be seen talking to both brothers on the set of the new movie. Although younger brother Cody has more distinguished features, older brother Caleb is practically an identical twin.

He’s got a little more body fat on him than his late brother, but with some good old fashioned Hollywood exercise regime, Caleb may just be able to believably work some of his brother’s scenes.

Of course, we still don’t know just how much acting the two will actually have to do in the film, nor do we know just how much CGI will be used to make them look as eerily similar to their brother as they can.

Even amidst all of the speculation, it’s impossible to say how the movie’s going to turn out until we have the final product in our hands, so to speak. It could be a monumental moment in cinematic history, but it could also be one of the worst decisions made.

The question that really needs to be asked is what Wan plans to do for the future of the series? We can safely assume this is the end of Brian “The Buster” O’Connor, but what does that mean for Mia and their son? Are they out of the game completely? Is this the beginning of the end for the massive action franchise?

Only time will tell, unfortunately.

The seventh Fast & Furious movie is slated to be released on April 10, 2015.

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.

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’: Marvel releases official trailer and new photos

- February 19th, 2014

After its world premiere on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Marvel has released the first official trailer for this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy. And if you were worried about the departure from tried and true franchises like Iron Man and The Hulk, don’t. The two-minute clip looks like it’s going to be fun sci-fi romp in the vein of Stars Wars (yes, I mean the original trilogy).

The spot opens with Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) trying to steal a mysterious sphere. When a group of armed aliens show up led by Djimon Hounsou (playing Korath the Pursuer), he’s asked who he is, Quill replies, “Star-Lord… the legendary outlaw.”

“Who?” Korath asks dumbfounded.

After that, the action moves to an off-world prison where John C. Reilly gives us the skinny on Quill and his space pals who have been arrested on Xandar including Drax the Destroyer (he’s been on a rampage across the galaxy in a search for vengeance since his family was killed); Gamora (soldier, assassin wanted on over a dozen counts of murder); Rocket Raccoon (he’s wanted on over 50 charges of vehicular theft); Groot (a houseplant that’s Rocket’s muscle) and Peter Quill (public intoxication sounds about right).

“They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy,” Reilly’s Rhomann Dey quips.

“What a bunch of a-holes,” Peter Serafinowicz’ Nova Corps Officer replies.

The rest of the clip shows off some pretty spectacular action set to Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Check out the photos below for more of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and his ship the Milano, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Benicio Del Toro as the Collector, as well as Rocket Raccoon (which will be voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Let us know what you think in the comments.

Guardians Of The Galaxy will be the final film in Marvel’s Phase Two when it is released Aug. 1, 2014.

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