FAST & FURIOUS 7 Rumor: Paul Walker’s Brother Cody to Step in and Film Final Scenes

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I hate reporting on news stories peripherally related to actor Paul Walker’s tragic death as much as the next guy, but when it comes to the logistics of how James Wan and the cast of Fast & Furious 7 will move forward with production, we’ll make an exception.  About a week ago, we reported that Universal had indefinitely suspended production on the film, along with the news that Walker had only filmed about half of his allotted scenes and had yet to film some of the major ones.  Then, it looked like screenwriter Chris Morgan was revising the script to work around Walker’s death.  Now, a new rumor states that Walker’s younger brother, Cody, will step in to film the final scenes.  Hit the jump for more.

fast-and-furious-6-paul-walkerToday’s kinda creepy Fast & Furious 7 rumor comes via Daily Mail, so take it with a grain of salt.  Cody, the 25-year-old former stunt actor, could conceivably step in to film Paul’s scenes, especially those “from behind and at distance and if it’s a shot they need Paul’s face in close up they can CGI it later on.”  That could be a tad morbid for the CG artist assigned to morph Cody Walker’s face into that of his deceased brother, but the show must go on!

This is still squarely in the rumor category as we’ve heard no official word one way or the other.  Even if the offer was made to Cody, it sounds as if he’s on the fence about whether or not to cooperate:

‘If Cody agrees it’s because he wants to honor his brother’s memory. There are many details that still need to be worked out, but right now the family and cast and crew are all still grieving.’

Universal has also reportedly been working closely with Walker’s family to make sure the handling of the Brian O’Conner character, and his likely exit from the franchise, is tastefully done.

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  • MEY

    Bizarre possibility…

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    Uhh his brother Cody looks like his brother, not his twin. He’s also 15 years younger than him. This screams of rumor.

    • DavidisALLright

      If you read the article, it states: “from behind and at distance and if it’s a shot they need Paul’s face in close up they can CGI it later on.”

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        I caught that, but given how much of the film seems to be unfinished, those types of comments affirm to me this is just a rumor. After his passing, they didn’t quickly say, “We were almost finished shooting. We’re looking for way to finish the final shots which will honor his memory.” Instead all accounts seem to indicate they were only about half way through filming. You can’t use a stand-in to film the co-lead for half of a movie.

        So this just reeks of rumor to me.

  • randommale7

    It’s not too unbelievable; heck just look at how The Social Network did the twins, flawless face replacement work!

    • Hamish

      Yes, but that was done with Armie Hammer going in to work with the VFX artists. He had the dots put on his face and they recorded his facial expressions and dialogue.

      This would be attempting to CGI Paul Walker’s face in a photo-realistic manner from scratch onto another actor.

      • Bob

        Which can be done flawlessly as it was with Oliver Reed in Gladiator.

      • Bob

        Which can be done flawlessly as it was with Oliver Reed in Gladiator.

      • JoseB

        What do you mean? Didn’t they just film his scenes twice? Once as the other Winklevoss twin and the other as the other twin and then they superimposed his face onto Josh Pence’s?

    • charles pelligrosso

      They did the same thing with The Crow when Brandon Lee died. It was a combination of a stand in body double and cgi facial and body replacement.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        From my understanding, that film was far closer to completion than this film, and as bombingUSA said, he was wearing crow makeup.

  • Leo Spaceman

    I can absolutely support this if it is thought of as a tribute to Paul. Most likely someone will have to step in and the only person who should have any right to step into Paul’s role is his brother. Were anyone else to try and fill those roles, it would feel disrespectful, but to have his loved one step up to the challenge is the most heart felt option. I don’t believe the script should continue as it was planned though. I say this with the most respect for the entire cast and for Paul’s family, but I believe this should be Brian’s final ride. I understand how difficult it would be to film Brian’s death given how tragically Paul’s life was lost, but it is the only way to stay true to the character Paul brought to life. Paul played a man who would always have his family’s back. Until Death, Brian would be at Dom’s side. There will be an eighth film, and for them to just say, ya Brian decided to sit this one out would not be true to his character. I believe allowing his brother to help see Brian’s story to his end is the most honest and sincere thing they can do.

    • Bert Bert DiVietri

      Hey FF7 you have Leo’s blessing. So get on it.

      • Leo Spaceman

        Well to be fair I’m kind of a big deal in this part of interwebz. My upbeat, excited, and well informed comments are in high demand on this site. Also the witty little sarcastic one off jokey comments that I provide to all you fine Collidernauts seem to amuse you and hopefully provide just a small glimpse of a smile as the days dredge on into the cold frost of winter.

        Now this might be a tad bit egotistical of me to say and I would apologize in advance if it wasn’t more fun for me to tell you to go F**k yourself instead, but I could surmise that I have built a reputation around here so unique and sooooooooooooooooo popular that if I chose to boycott this site and refused to continue contribute my comments to this site, roughly 113% of Collider’s daily readers would cease to continue viewing this website and that Frosty fellow would have no choice but to call up those Paramount dudes and tell him that he will not in good faith be able to continue interviewing the celebrities that are attempting to promote their movies should the studio executives refuse to bow their head to the Great Leo Spaceman’s desires. The head of the studio would probably s**t himself right there and then in a suit that costs as much as my car.

        Though to be fair, they could also buy my blessing by purchasing Justin Bieber and forcing him to sixty nine the fat chick from ‘Girls’ with Bieber on the bottom.

        However, since I made no mention of blessing the studio to continue in the wake of tragedy, it is safe to say assume that I don’t feel the need to control this situation and will continue to do as I said I would in the above comment. That is, I would SUPPORT or in more precise terms get behind the studio and as a fan follow them as they make the tough decision on how to move forward and fight through the pain of having to continue on in the face of such loss while also admitting that I personally would see the act of allowing a family member carry on and close out the legacy of a love one as a sweet and touching tribute to a man who truly seemed to be a great person.

      • Not Leo

        Man that Leo dude is a seems to be such a f**king dick. I miss the days where people on this site just commented on and discussed the articles in the comments section. It just sucks now a days when a person feels they have to comment on a comment in such a negative way when it really contributes nothing to dialogue concerning the subject discussed in the article.

      • dawnmomofreed

        I saw them taking the brian character 2 ways, he and “Mia” ride off into the sunset with their new baby, or he dies the way he did in life.. I choose the first, however after reading your first comment, you are right his character would never just walk away. I think Paul’s little brother looks a lot like him, and even if people knew it was him and he did it as a tribute I think people should be okay with that, Im not saying they would be, but its his family and they all have a right to decide. I hate to think he would die in the way he did in real life on the silver screen, being the only constant in 7 films, it is sad to lose him. Maybe you can think of a third option I can not? My son LOVED Chris o’conner very much and he is very saddened by the actors death, and wants to see him one more time, but then he doesn’t as well.. its a tough time

  • LEM

    If they have the tech they can do it but regardless they still have to rewrite the story to kill the character off or have him drive off into the sunset for good.

    • SomeGuy

      I vote for the “drive off into the sunset for good” bit. Like the modern American cowboy he was.

  • Jan

    The Social Network had Armie Hammer — alive and well – step in and provide all the facial animations at a later, post-production stage. In Walker’s case everything will have to be made from scratch, which is a lot more difficult…

    • Liderc

      This isn’t true. Armie Hammer was always the actor, they just put his face on the double whenever they were both in the same shot. Most of the work was done with two different shots, you can even see the double in some of the scenes where he’s turned towards Armie. His double was the guy who tried to walk into the bathroom whenever Mark and his friend have just been with the asian women.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    I’m not sure why this is a bad idea or wouldn’t be encouraged. Everyone knows Paul passed away. This film and the final scenes could all be part of an homage to the late actor.

    To keep it real – they could drop-in Cody as a direct replacement for Paul with a film lead-in stating why this happened.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      I don’t take offense, but with the amount of the film that was left unfilmed, it doesn’t seem plausible.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        Hmm you have a point.

  • Bert Bert DiVietri

    What a dumb story. You are reporting on something that is not even a thing nor could be and might be but its just as well as saying that his grandmother is gonna step in to do some scenes to honor her grandchilds memory, no offer has been made but we will keep you updated. You guys are lame.

  • Strong Enough

    wow that is in bad taste

    • mattinacan

      i keep thinking you might say something smart one day

      • Strong Enough

        glad i’m constantly on your mind. but you seriously think that using CGI to make someone look like a dead person is acceptable? then you’re the idiot

      • SnapIntoASlimJim

        That’s what they did with Brandon Lee and The Crow. They used a double and CGI to help complete the important scenes needed.

      • Strong Enough

        and the movie was still shit

  • The Flobbit

    Make Cody the body double and graft Paul’s face onto his with CG. It’s been done before. This could work.

    • Leo Spaceman

      They may be able to do the body easy enough, but its the voice that would be difficult to match. I wouldn’t want to just see Brian standing around for half the movie with out saying anything.

      • The Flobbit

        Y’know, the old “man of few words” trick…

      • Leo Spaceman

        I would suppose that would work, as long as he could properly shift a car 42 times a minute and say “Grr” at the correct moments.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      My understanding is that they were only half way done with filming. That’s an awful lot of CGI Paul Walker.

  • Mars

    If the point is to shoot scenes from a distance and from behind, a stand-in in the same age range and same height/weight might be better. His kid brother is 15 years younger and not a twin.

  • mattinacan

    as much as i hate the FF movies and think they should scrap the series for good – let’s be honest, Paul would probably support this idea.

    • Leo Spaceman

      Exactly my thoughts, and he would definately believe in having family do it over some person that is in no way connected.

  • BrutalDEEJAY

    Well it’d be a nice thing for his brother to do. This way, F&F7 would be ready by the anniversary which is when they should release it.

  • Nick

    As people are mourning the death of someone they’ve never spoken to, it’s ironic to see so many of you saying things like”fuck off and die” to each other. Another saying everyone in the movie should die if this rumor is true.. That’s a real shame. If you care about his death, then Take something from it. Let it mean something to you, don’t waste a wake up call. Some of you are truly bizarre…

  • Nick

    Did people care this much when they added actors in for the imaginarium to replace Heath Ledger? Granted the premise of the movie allowed it to be done much more organically but seems like most people are thinking its in poor taste. That’s bullshit. Anyone who thinks that they should scrap the film is a moron. It’s too expensive, it’s a waste of all of the time and effort of the staff and not to mention, assuming anyone would I care, but I’d be damn sure the late Paul Walker wouldn’t want that for his colleagues let alone for the hard work he already put into the movie. But honestly the sentimental shit is secondary… It’s a business. Reputations are on the line as well as a lot of money.

  • Andrew Hegele

    it’s difficult for anyone to judge what’s in good or bad taste when they have the consent and permission of his family. In the end, that’s what matters most.

  • Just.a.Dude

    This is very disrespectful. Fast & Furious is an out and out fun block buster. Do they think we’ll watch and laugh or applaud Paul’s CG or double’s performance on screen all the while knowing he is dead and buried. Imagine enjoying the fake Paul Walker on screen. It’s my personal opinion his brother shouldn’t accept the gig. But, of course, if he does accept, I-an outsider-would have no right to criticize his decision.

    • SnapIntoASlimJim

      This sounds similar to what they did with Brandon Lee and The Crow. I don’t see why it would be disrespectful. They don’t have many choices anyway.

    • Convoy

      What choice do they have? I don’t know Paul Walker, but I’ll tell you this, if I put as much time and energy into a project as he has with these movies, I would want them to finish it somehow. It would be disrespectful to not include the work he did up until his passing.

  • Just.a.Dude

    If they want to continue the movie, address his death in a respectable way in the movie. Don’t try to beat around it.

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  • 李曜全

    洨斯汀還是去挑糞吧

    • mattinacan

      englishhhhhhhhhh

  • celxx

    You might have your opinion whether this should be done or not, but in the end your opinion is worth shit. You didn’t know Paul Walker. You don’t know his family. The decision is theirs. If they agree to it, which they probably will, great! It wouldn’t be a distasteful thing to do. I wish people on this site would stop pushing their views onto others.

  • DasManiac

    They’re pulling a Fake Shemp.

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  • Kyle Chandler

    Instead of using CGI for Cody to wear Paul’s face like some kind of creepy digital silence of the lamb nonsense, does anyone else think it would be slightly less creepy / disrespectful to just reanimate his corpse?

    No? Just me?

  • Johnny Knox

    The fact that you are willing to hate on something that you are too lazy / stupid as fuck to read shows how fucking worthless you are so allow me to say this to you for Leo. Go Fuck your faggot mother

  • Leo Spaceman

    Hey Johnny, Don’t even bother with Bombin. I don’t know what I did to piss him off, but he has something against me, this is not the first time he has pissed and moaned about me on this site.

  • GrimReaper07

    I did read it. It wasn’t funny. It might have been if it had been just one comment and half as long. Now its just self indulgent.

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