Last I'd heard anything about how the Fast & Furious franchise was going to incorporate Paul Walker's partially completed scenes in the most recent film installment, rumors were flying that the studio was planning to add "key footage" of the late actor via computer graphics.
Personally, I thought that sounded a little sketchy, from the possibility of an uncanny-valley version of Walker digitally ghosting his way through the movie to the ethical murk of reproducing an actor's exact likeness after their death. However, yesterday an announcement was posted to the Fast & Furious Facebook page confirming how they're planning to complete the movie -- and their decision is surprisingly touching.
As it turns out, Paul Walker's two brothers Caleb and Cody will be helping to complete the late actor's scenes in Fast & Furious 7. Here's the update shared by the studio:
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.
Wow, that's a very, very cool idea I never would have predicted. It sounds like the critical footage has already been completed, so they don't necessarily need to worry about using someone that looks exactly like Walker -- although his brother Cody bears a striking resemblance:
Bringing Paul Walker's brothers into the film is such a smart move on so many levels. The fans surely feel good about this, and the brothers can help make sure Walker's final scenes are carried out the way he would have wanted. Kudos to the F&F team for coming up with this ingenious solution to a very difficult challenge.
What do you think about this decision about finishing Paul Walker's last Fast & Furious movie?
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