‘Fast and Furious 7’ Plot News: Paul Walker’s Younger Brother, Cody to Step in and Film Final Scenes?
Dec 13, 2013 04:07 PM EST
Universal Pictures is still trying to figure out the best way to move forward with the movie "Fast and Furious 7" after Paul Walker's shocking death. The 40-year-old actor and a friend, Roger Rodas, died in a fiery car crash after their car struck a tree and exploded.
Before his death, Walker was in the middle of filming the final scenes for the upcoming movie. Universal announced that the cast and crew would take a hiatus from filming to mourn and figure out the best way to write Walker's character, Brian out of the film.
There were rumors that the studio wanted to completely cut Walker from the seventh installment, keep the footage already shot and rework the ending or recast the role to someone else. According to the Daily Mail, Universal has come up with another idea and approached Walker's younger brother, Cody Walker and asked him to step him.
A source told the British newspaper that the studio thinks it will be a good idea to have Cody, 25, film the last couple scenes in the movie. Cody has worked as movie stuntman in the past.
"Producers had a string of meetings right after Paul's death," the source said. "They soon realized they needed someone who looked like Paul to finish the movie and that's when they approached his nearly identical brother, Cody."
The 25-year-old lives in Oregon but has been staying in Los Angeles following the accident to help his mother grieve. The source that the studio is working with the family in deciding the best way to say goodbye to Walker and his character.
"They can shoot Cody from behind and at a distance and if it's a shot they need Paul's face in close up they can CGl it later on," the source continued. "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 still grieving."
It was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that production could resume in January but nothing is set in stone yet. Screenwriter Chris Morgan has already begun to rework the script in hopes to "retire" Walker's character using footage they already have.