Death is not hindering the return of Paul Walker to the Fast & Furious franchise. Reports suggest the deceased actor may be able to complete his role as Brian O'Conner in the seventh instalment of the hit franchise through the use of body doubles, CGI and voice overs.
Paul Walker may still be able to complete Fast & Furious 7 with the use of body doubles, CGI and voice overs reports suggest. Walker died in a car accident in November of last year when filming for the seventh film had yet to be completed.
Paul Walker's scenes in Fast & Furious 7 will be completed using special effects.
Walker had appeared in a number of scenes but it was unknown how the filmmakers would deal with his tragic passing. However, a solution may have been found according to reports in The New York Daily News. A source speaking to the newspaper claims Universal Studios, the film's producers, "have hired 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."
Walker appeared in every Fast & Furious film with the exception of the third instalment, playing police officer Brian O'Conner. It was confirmed in December, he would appear in the upcoming instalment and now this source may have revealed how they will pull it off!
Using CGI, body doubles and voice overs to complete a movie is not a novel idea as a number of other film units have discovered themselves in the same predicament. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died tragically in February of this year, will be appearing in the last instalment of The Hunger Games in which he plays Plutarch Heavensbee. CGI will, according to reports, be used in order to create head shots of the late actor in order to complete the film. Heath Ledger was also able to appear in the completed version of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as was Oliver Reed in Gladiator both through the use of CGI.
Fast & Furious 7 is due to be released in the US and UK on 10th April 2015.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman died close to the end of filming for the last instalment of The Hunger Games franchise.