Doubles & CG to complete Paul Walker's Fast & Furious 7 work

News Simon Brew 24 Mar 2014 - 06:35

Universal is using body doubles and CGI to complete Paul Walker's work on Fast & Furious 7...

The tragic death of Paul Walker, back in November last year, still feels really quite unreal. But real it sadly is, and only now is work ramping back up on the film he was making at the time of his death: Fast & Furious 7.

The movie's release has been put back to April 2015 (from its original July 2014 release slot), and it's now been revealed just how they're going to ensure that Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, will be staying in the final cut. The New York Daily News reports that Universal opted not to recast the role, and instead has been hiring "four actors with bodies very similar to Paul's physique, and they will be used for movement and as a base. Paul's face and voice will be used on top using CGI".

The shoot was about half-way through when Walker died, and the plan always seemed to be to try and rework things to give him the most fitting send-off. This may well have been the best of a bunch of options that nobody really wants to be faced with.

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Isn't cobbling together a performance using our of context dialogue and CGIing a guy who died in a high speed car crash into a film about high speed car chases just a little macabre?

Seems like that's the most sensible, respectful option. Granted, they'll have to write his character out of the franchise, but there's much worse ways to do it than body doubles and CG. It worked well with Brandon Lee in The Crow, and the cast and crew obviously respect Paul too much to do a rushed or scrappy job of it.

Oh god, I hope the CGI is up to scratch. I'm just picturing Patrick Stewart in Wolverine...

The guy spent 90% of his acting career in this franchise. I honestly believe this is what he would have wanted. To continue the same story he signed up for.

I know what you mean, but as DoG put it: "This may well have been the best of a bunch of options that nobody really wants to be faced with."

The other options are stop the film entirely, recast the role, write his character out from the start, do it entirely from CGI, or use only the existing footage. The last one would only work if Paul had finished all his shooting - which he hadn't. I have to agree with Jamesthemod and That L Chap; this is probably the most respectful option.

Or Jeff Bridges in Tron 2... But it was years ago, I think the technology has improved ;) Well I hope...

I can't imagine how watching a CGI-realised automaton version of their departed loved-one whizzing around in ludicrous sports cars is going to be much solace to his family. Though I would hope they were consulted. Guess it's just not what I'd want...

Well, Brandon Lee died from an accidental gunshot wound in The Crow, in which his character dies from being shot to death and comes back from the grave ... After which he proceeds to shoot a lot of people. I get where you're coming from, and it is an unfortunate situation, but they don't really have a choice. Though if my last film was a riotous action movie filled with great set pieces, I'd be pretty happy about that.

I'm sure everyone involved, studios, cast and family would have agreed this is the best way to do it.

I don't think anyone would have wanted to kill off his character in the film. As you say, it's about fast cars and he died being driven in a fast car.

I'm sure this way they can complete the film, and write him out of it the best way possible that does his memory justice.

I can imagine how the movie will end with Paul driving away into sunset or saying goodbye to his friends. I know that I will go to cinema alone so no one will see me cry really hard

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