Recent news update for Cody Walker fans! On his Facebook page Paul Walker’s brother left a suggestive comment, “See You Soon in F & F!!” The entry was posted a few days ago and is a crucial one. There were rumors about Paul Walker’s role to be played by Cody Walker after the death of the charismatic hero. The confirmation of the role of Brian O’Connor in Fast and Furious 7 is an important decision taken by the media house and the production team given the sensitive nature of the role. Social media, nowadays, is a fabulous medium to convey information, feelings and Cody has used the outlet to relay stunning information.
The “About Us” page on Cody Walker’s Facebook profile, contains this piece of text which received more than 5,994 likes in its social circle. The death of Paul Walker was such a tragic event that the production team stopped shooting for some days. They were in a fix about the role of Brian O’Connor and the consequently the name of his brother Cody surfaced into the scene. The casting team of Fast and Furious 7 realized that they needed somebody who looks like Paul to play the role of Brian. Cody is the identical brother of Paul and has a lot of facial similarities with him. Starting from the jaw structure to the hair, the brothers have similar, physical traits which boosts the appeal of Cody stepping in. Universal Pictures sees a void Cody can fill and offered him the role. There were no official confirmation from the production house but the comment listed on Cody’s Facebook “About Us” page says everything.
This update comes just as the announcement of the delayed movie release date took place. Fast and Furious 7 will be released on Apr. 10, 2015. This has been confirmed by Vin Diesel a few days ago through his own Facebook page. The production team decided to use CGI technology while shooting Cody from behind to make him look like his late brother. The shots of Cody were supposed to be taken at a distance so that special effects can come into play.
The last scenes of Fast and Furious 7 have been filmed a few days ago and Diesel commented over the same Facebook post, “The last scene we filmed together……There was a unique sense of completion…….” Cody Walker’s confirmation about the role of Brian O’Connor had created a massive following, more than 5,000 people have shared the information. Given the widespread popularity of Paul Walker, this issue has been the center of a social media buzz throughout the last week. This could be from the amount of hints and suggestions, but no confirmation from any involved party. Until now.
Ideas were created by devoted fans, even virtual scripts were presented online regarding the final scenes of Fast and Furious 7. Paul Walker was not only a good actor but was also praised as a good son, a trusting brother and devoted father. Cody Walker always had the utmost respect for his brother and several comments from social media outlets suggested that if Cody accepts the role of Brian O’Connor in Fast and Furious 7, then he will only do it to show respect to his fallen brother. Although the role is confirmed, a lot of things are yet to be revealed about the future of the franchise. Guardian Liberty Voice will provide updates as they are released.
By Sunando Basu