Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 7: Cody Walker Out?

Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 7: Cody Walker Out?
Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash November 2013 and before the year was over, news was that Cody Walker would be filling in for his brother in Fast & Furious 7, now it looks like he is out. At least according to the latest reports from sources connected with the studio making the seventh film in the popular franchise.

In December 2013 while the world’s press were dealing with the many theories of conspiracy behind fan favorite Paul Walker’s death, rumors were rife that his stuntman brother, would be stepping into the part of Brian O’Conner. This particular rumor was never confirmed nor denied by the former stuntman in question or the studios.

What was confirmed, by sources, was the information that the studio had approached Paul’s lookalike brother with the idea of his filling in for some scenes that the late Walker had yet to film.

The studios took a long break from filming while funeral arrangements were made by Walker’s family and his co-stars and friends from the franchise had time to process the information that their colleague was dead. During this break media coverage reached new heights of frenzy as everyone, it seems, had an idea about why Walker died.

The 40 year-old actor died in a Porsche driven by his friend and partner Roger Rodas. The star had been attending a event in Valencia, California for his charity organization Reach Out Worldwide. The star got into the car with Rodas for a spur-of-the-moment quick spin and both men died when the car crashed and burst into flame on the way back to the charity event.

News that Paul Walker was dead was greeted by disbelief as the day before he died the actor had been part of an Internet death hoax. In December, Cody Walker was said to be chosen to fill in for Paul but now it looks like the former stuntman could be out.

Director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) and Universal Studios made statements to the effect that the storyline was being rewritten and that everyone involved with the project wanted to allow the footage already shot by Paul to be left in the film.

Stars of the Fast & Furious franchise publicised their grief and dismay at losing Walker. Paul’s family did say that they liked the idea of Cody filling in for his late brother and it was revealed that the former stuntman was keen on the idea as a way of paying his respects to brother Paul.

Now, however, the publicity surrounding the seventh in the series deals with more information around body doubles and computer generated FX and nothing about Cody Walker at all. Originally, filmmakers, and those sources “in the know” spoke exclusively of Cody’s resemblance to Paul and how relatively simple it would be to use him in his brother’s place.

With the recent buzz about Fast & Furious 7 filming around Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, it looks like Paul Walker will be replaced with doubles and CG and his brother Cody Walker is out. Fans of the franchise will not care about how their idol is portrayed in his last appearance in the series as long as he is still in the film. Fast & Furious 7 will premiere in 2015.

By Michael Smith

The Hollywood Reporter

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5 Responses to "Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 7: Cody Walker Out?"

  1. jack   April 2, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    you guys need back off paur fiamly said they want fas t7 moive to stlel come out they said that what puar wodo wanty way do you want them t throw paur hard wrok away he flamed 85% if the ened sene he was told to ebfor he died

  2. Dave   March 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Just like in The Crow and T4, CGI simply murders the movie.. Paul and Vin have done some amazing powerful work with these movies.. If you cant keep it up then let it die with dignity and respect.. Don’t rape the wonderful memories we all have saved up, that would be just plain rude.. And besides, I don’t think for one sec that Paul or Vin would want to destroy their names and reps by decimating the franchise, soo many the world over have come to love….

  3. Mrs VAlentine   March 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I think they should have let the whole project go. Place the movie in a book instead. It won’t be the same with out paul period. The franchise will just go down hill didn’t they learn anything with Tokyo drift. Its vin and paul or nothing.

  4. Juan   March 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Cody should do it! I dislike CGI and last time they used it for Arnold in Terminator 4….CGI de-humanizes characters….and if you all remember Paul, he had a great smile and very warm & vivid expressions…CGI could never re-create that.

  5. julie kemp   March 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I dont think thats right cody his brother and should be the one to finish what his brother started its what paul would have wanted . I think meadow would have would have wanted cody to finish what her dad had started she was always encouraging her dad to go on and the family was happy for cody to finish what paul had started keep it in the family miss u paul be strong walker family especially meadow .


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