Paul Walker’s brothers Cody Walker and Caleb Walker are confirmed to fill in for their late brother in the upcoming “Fast and Furious 7” pic. Cody and Caleb will be hired to help film his final scenes to wrap-up his final film in the franchise. Paul passed away at the age of 40 in a single car accident with his friend Roger Rodas on November 30, 2013. Paul’s character, FBI agent Brian O’Conner will be retired in this seventh installment. The studio will “make use of the existing footage of Walker,” however additional scenes will be written to give Walker a proper send off “in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise.” The James Wan directed movie was put on hold as the script was getting revised. The release date for the sequel has been moved from July 11, 2014, back to April 10, 2015. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris will make their return as cast members.
The announcement was made on the film’s Facebook page, read the full statement below:
The FAST & FURIOUS saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans.
Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film.
We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.
We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.
We are just under a year away from the release of FAST & FURIOUS 7, and this film is the most important we’ve ever done together. It will allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role.
We wanted to take a moment to speak to our fans directly and thank you for the love and support you always show us as we resume our work.