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.
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.