Universal Also Using Paul Walker's Brothers to Finish 'Fast & Furious 7'
by Ethan Anderton
April 15, 2014
When production resumed on Fast & Furious 7 towards the end of last month, it was revealed that body doubles coupled with the use of visual effects would help director James Wan and the production team of the actions sequel to finish the film in the wake of the death of franchise star Paul Walker. Now Universal has revealed another way they're able to finish the film without the late Walker. The studio has commissioned Walker's brothers Caleb & Cody Walker to help out a bit. The studio says, "Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production."
Here's the press release in full that explains their plan:
The 'Fast & Furious' saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans.
Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. 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.
We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our 'Fast' family. 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.
We are just under a year away from the release of 'Fast & Furious 7', and this film is the most important we’ve ever done together. It will allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role.
We wanted to take a moment to speak to our fans directly and thank you for the love and support you always show us as we resume our work.
The fact that Caleb & Cody Walker are helping Universal complete the film goes a long way to show fans that the studio has the full support of Walker's family in making sure that this final performance is something to remember. Plus, since they're brothers, you can see the similarities in their faces, so it might make the visual effects work a little less arduous. It's not clear just how the film will deal with the death of Walker narratively, but we'll find out when Fast & Furious 7 hits theaters in just under a year on April 10th, 2015.