Paul Walker Lookalike Brother Cody Walker to Play Brian O’Connor in Fast and Furious 7?
Cody Walker is the lookalike brother of late Fast and Furious star, Paul Walker. As per the rumors of the town, Cody has been approached by producers of the Fast and Furious franchise to play the role of Brian O’Connor in the coming sequel called Fast and Furious 7.
A confidential source close to the production team of Fast and Furious has disclosed to Daily Mail that producers have realized the need for featuring a lookalike of Paul Walker. The source commented, “They soon realized they needed someone who looked like Paul to finish the movie.” At present, Cody Walker is in Los Angeles with his mother Cheryl to be with her during troubled times. Paul’s memory still afresh, Cody has very similar features as his brother hair color at facial structure. Another source reportedly told the Daily Mail that Cody can be shot from a distance and then computer graphics can be used to enhance the imagery of the younger Walker to that of his older brother. He added saying, “If it’s a shot they need Paul’s face in close up, they can CGI it later on.”
Playing Brian O’Connor in some of the last scenes of Fast and Furious may be a bit difficult for Cody Walker, especially when he will play a part of held by a now legend. Cody used to work as a stuntman, so he is not a novice in the movie industry.
Universal Pictures confirmed that the shooting of the sequel will stop for the time being to extend full support to the family members of Paul Walker.
Fans of Paul Walker showed varied reactions to the rumor. They are divided in their opinions, but even if Cody is being introduced in the last scenes, it would be as a filler because most of the shooting is already done. Although Cody has not commented over this issue, speculations are running high.
Initially after the tragic death of the actor-philanthropist Paul Walker on last month, it was rumored that Justin Bieber would replace him in the sequel. However, that idea was quickly dispelled. Presumptions and speculations went viral for various reasons after the tragic event; conspiracy theories, changing of scripts, and the very role of Paul Walker ran full-fledged in the media world.
Walker’s funeral was held December 14, and a memorial was staged at the Universal Pictures studios.
With movies like Hours, Takers, Eight Below, Joy Ride, The Skulls, and, of course, the Fast and Furious series, Walker was a successful actor in Hollywood. Seeing Cody Walker get into his shoes and play Brian O’Connor will definitely be something worth waiting for. He may be a lookalike of older brother Paul, but time will tell as to whether he can do justice to the role of Brian O’Connor in Fast and Furious 7.
By Sunando Basu