Paul Walker to Star in CGI Form in Fast and Furious 7

WalkerPaul Walker will star in The Fast and the Furious 7 in CGI form. The actor started work on the seventh film in the franchise before he was killed in a car crash. The final scenes have been shot in Atlanta, Georgia. The move will come as a relief to both fans of the film and those involved in making it, both eager to see the star appear one more time on the big screen in the franchise that made him a household name.

CGI is not the only method that will be used to bring Walker to the big screen. It has also been reported that body doubles will be hired. The bodies are said to be similar to Walker’s physique. Meanwhile, CGI will be used to recreate Walker’s head and voice.

The shoot of  The Fast and the Furious 7 was put on hold in November last year after Walker’s tragic death. But when filming recommenced, the film producers decided the franchise could not lose its biggest star. Walker had played the character of  Brian O’Conner in four of seven of The Fast and the Furious movies and the director of the seventh film, James Wan, was keen for Walker’s already filmed scenes to remain in the film. The character of Brian O’Conner will be retired in the upcoming film in what will no doubt be an emotional send-off to the character, and the star who played him, too.

Walker’s death has had a huge effect on both co-stars in The Fast and Furious films and his millions of fans. The hugely popular star’s death last November was mourned worldwide and his life was celebrated in tributes in the media and social networks.The seventh edition of the franchise will be one of the biggest tributes yet. Walker’s co-star Vin Diesel, who plays Dominic Toretto in the series, said that Walker’s death gave everyone incentive to make the seventh film, a tribute to the star’s contribution to the movies.

When Walker stars in The Fast and the Furious 7 in CGI form, he will not be the first actor to be replaced on screen by CGI. In 2000, Oliver Reed died during the filming of Gladiator and was brought to life using CGI technology. Other actors have been returned to the small screen, too, in commercials. Bruce Lee was brought back to star in a Chinese commercial for the whiskey brand Johnnie Walker. And Audrey Hepburn appeared in an advert for Galaxy Chocolate. Perhaps the most famous big screen case of CGI resurrection was Brandon Lee. The star was accidentally shot during the filming of The Crow and had his remaining scenes shot using a double with his face being recreated digitally.

Paul Walker being brought back to life to star in The Fast and the Furious 7 will be eagerly anticipated by fans of the movies. Whatever happens, the attempt to keep him in the upcoming part of the franchise will be greatly appreciated by both fans and cast and crew as they try to come to terms with the tragic early death of one of Hollywood’s most popular stars. One last look at the star on the big screen will be a fitting way to say a final good-bye.

Commentary by Christian Deverille

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