Paul Walker's brothers to help finish 'Fast & Furious 7' scenesFri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700
Universal Studios has announced that Paul Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody, will fill in for their late brother in a number of scenes in the upcoming seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise. This announcement by the studio follows news that computer-generated imagery would be used in some of the unfilmed scenes necessary to complete the photography for a revised version of the script.
Cody, 25, and Caleb, 36, will reportedly contribute their voices for the needed dialogue of Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, according to TMZ.
"We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul's brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our 'Fast' family," Universal Studios said in a statement. "Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us, too."
Production of the seventh film had been suspended indefinitely in early December 2013 in the days following Walker's death, which occurred on Nov. 30 when the actor perished along with friend Roger Rodas in a crash involving a Porsche Carrera GT. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department had recently wrapped up their investigation of the incident, which determined that a high speed, 93 mph according to the investigators, played a role in the single-car accident which took the lives of both men almost instantly before a fire consumed the car.
"Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November," Universal Studios said in a statement posted on Facebook. "We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film. We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for '[Fast & Furious 7,' and it's among the strongest work of his career."
Production of the seventh film resumed in January of this year after an emergency rewrite of the script. At the time of Walker's death, approximately half of the overall scenes for the original script had been filmed. The studio brought in screenwriters to salvage the script, with Universal later announcing that they would be able to make use of the scenes with Walker which had already been shot, and would retire his character from the film series.
It was previously reported that four other actors with physiques similar to Walker's had been hired for filming a number of scenes. The four hired actors were reportedly body doubles for Walker, and a number of scenes will reportedly be filmed using a mixture of CGI and body doubles.
The film is set for an April 10, 2015 release in the U.S.
By Jay Ramey