Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
More details are emerging on how Fast & Furious 7 will work around Paul Walker‘s absence. Last month, we got word that the filmmakers were planning to replace the late star with body doubles and CGI. Today we have more info on who, exactly, will stand in for Walker.
The production has just announced that Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody Walker have joined the cast to help fill out sequences that needed more from Paul Walker. Get more details and read the official statement after the jump.
Rumors that 25-year-old stuntman Cody had been approached about standing in for his brother began circulating in December, not long after Paul Walker’s death in a car accident over Thanksgiving weekend. However, this is the first confirmation we’ve received that Cody and Caleb have agreed to help with the film. A photo of the three brothers together can be found here.
Universal made the announcement on Facebook. Here is the full post, titled “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.
Fast & Furious 7 premieres April 10, 2015. James Wan is directing and Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Kurt Russell star.