The tragic death of Paul Walker was not only a horrible event for his friends, family and fans, but also for the entertainment industry as a whole.
A number of other films were set to be made starring Walker, with the most notable being the seventh installment of the international box office sensation “The Fast and the Furious,” in which he was the star as Brian O’Connor.
The question was raised by media and producers alike: Will they keep Brian O’Connor’s character in the seventh film or write him out entirely, due to Paul Walker’s tragic death.
Brian O’Connor will live on
On March 21st it was made official that Paul Walker will not be replaced in the upcoming 7th Fast and the Furious film, but will instead be replaced by body doubles and CGI.
According to sources close to the production, four body doubles who have very similar physiques to Walker have been hired for scenes throughout the film and his face and voice will be replaced using CGI in post production.
Both the producers and the studio Universal Pictures decided on this together, feeling it would both satisfy fans and do justice to Walker’s legacy after his tragic death last November 30th.
However, will they retire the character?
While Brian O’Connor will remain a fixture in the seventh installment of Fast and the Furious, there is rumor that the character will be retired by the end of the film.
This makes sense, considering the nature in which Paul Walker was killed and also considering the difficult lengths the production is going through to include him in Fast and the Furious 7.
While there has not been any confirmation of this rumor and no leaked shooting script, it is safe to assume the new storyline for Brian O’Connor will have him riding off into the sunset by the end of the film, towards a better life.
Vin Diesel’s emotional Facebook post
The shooting of Fast and the Furious 7 has continued in the streets of downtown Atlanta and star, producer and friend of Walker’s, Vin Diesel, has taken to social media to address concerns about the seventh film’s completion and his own personal thoughts on the tragic death of his friend and co-star.
He did so quite eloquently, by posting a picture of the final scene he filmed with Walker and writing the following: “There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come. Fast and Furious 7 will be released April 10th 2015! P.S. He’d want you to know first.”