The brothers of late “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker have joined the cast of the seventh movie to help finish their sibling’s scenes in the movie.
According to the film’s official Facebook page, Cody and Caleb Walker are helping to film some of the gap scenes in the action movie; specifically, they’ll be used for action scenes.
Shortly after Walker’s death in November a report surfaced suggesting Cody Walker had been approached by Universal to take over for his brother, helping complete the story arc for Walker’s Brian Conner character.
Due to Walker’s tragic death, two-thirds of the “Fast & Furious 7″ script needed to be rewritten. The movie was ultimately delayed near a year so the changes could be made, and director James Wan could work with the writer’s on a respectful way to send Walker’s character off. Rather than have O’Conner killed off, it was ultimately decided that the cop turned fast-driving renegade would be ‘retired’.
“Fast & Furious 7″, originally due for release this year, is now expected to hit May 2015.
A Note to the Fans of FAST & FURIOUS
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.