Paul Walker: Will His Brother Cody Walker Star in ‘Fast & Furious 7’?
Paul Walker may be replaced by his brother Cody Walker (inset) in filming in "Fast & Furious 7" following his November 30, 2013 death. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images; Facebook)
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Paul Walker’s brother, Cody Walker, could be cast in “Fast & Furious 7,” which will have an April 2015 release.
Paul Walker was killed on Nov. 30 in a fiery car crash and the producers of the film have been unsure what to do.
According to a report from the Daily Mail tabloid, the “Fast & Furious” producers had a meeting right after the crash.
“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,” a source told the Daily Mail.
According to the source, “They can shoot Cody 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. 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.”
Walker’s brother has been involved in movie stunt work in the past, and he is said to look similar to the actor.
“Fast & Furious” sources told The Hollywood Reporter that movie writer Chris Morgan is looking at revising the script in relation to Paul’s character, Brian O’Conner. “Almost exactly half of his role was done,” a source said.
Cody Walker has not confirmed to be apart of the movie, despite the reports.
Universal Pictures has delayed the release of “Fast & Furious 7″ for almost a year following Walker’s death
The studio announced Monday that the “Fast & Furious” sequel will be released in April 2015, instead of July next year. Shooting on the film was about halfway finished when the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash outside of Los Angeles.
Walker still will appear in the film, though Universal has not said exactly how it will handle his unfinished performance.
Co-star Vin Diesel first posted the news on Facebook, telling his fans that, “He’d want you to know first.”
The franchise has been one of Universal’s most lucrative, grossing almost $2.4 billion worldwide since 2001. The last film, “Fast & Furious 6,” made $789 million.
Production on “Fast & Furious 7″ was on Thanksgiving break when Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, died in a fiery crash in Valencia on Nov. 30. Rodas, 38, was driving his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT with Walker in the passenger seat.
Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have found no evidence of mechanical problems and have ruled out debris or other roadway conditions causing the car the slam into a light pole and tree. The investigation is ongoing, but law enforcement officials have said speed is believed to be the cause.
Shooting on “Fast & Furious 7″ had been planned to resume in Atlanta two days after the crash, but Universal suspended production indefinitely.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.