Paul Walker Replaced by CGI and Body Doubles in 'Fast & Furious 7'
With production on Fast & Furious 7 resuming this spring after Universal halted shooting following the tragic death of Paul Walker, it appears we know how director James Wan will finish the franchise sequel without one of his lead actors. Just as we heard that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay would need to partially recreate the late Philip Seymour Hoffman to finish some scenes that had yet to be completed, a source has told New York Daily News that some actors have been hired to act as body doubles, and visual effects will be used to superimpose Walker's face over them along with Walker's previously recorded lines.
The source says, "They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base. Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI.” Now before anyone gets bent out of shape, it seems pretty clear that this combination of body doubles and visual effects will likely only be used to complete the scenes that had already been shot, rather than shooting new stuff. Otherwise, someone would have to impersonate Walker's voice as well. So this method is probably being used to finish different angles of some sequences that were already in production.
The film is picking up shooting with six to eight weeks left of production in Atlanta, and the sequel has already been pushed backed to a release on April 10th, 2015 to allow enough time for the reworked film to be finished. Though we know how production will handle Walker's death, we're still not sure how his absence will effect the story. One rumor said Walker's character would simply be retired rather than morbidly being killed off, but that's still going to be tough to explain unless they just use Jordana Brewster and their new baby as a reason for him to finally walk away. We'll see.