Fast & Furious 7 Keeps Paul Walker Alive with Body Doubles and CGI

By Alex | 4 years ago
Fast & Furious 7 Keeps Paul Walker Alive with Body Doubles and CGI
Fast Five cast (Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris & the Rock: Dwayne Johnson) with Natalie Morales for NBC ‘The Today Show’.© Jack Zalium / 2011

In memory of the late “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker, the blockbuster franchise sought the help of technology as an option to keep his character in the upcoming film. “Fast & Furious” 7 keeps Paul Walker alive with body doubles and computer-generated imagery (CGI).

On March 21, 2014, NY Daily News broke the news that Universal Pictures and producers decided on CGI & body doubles. The production source adds that the entire team are satisfied with the decision and they are hoping that the fans will too.

“They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base while Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI.” stated the source.

This has been a great progress for the film’s development after a source confirmed that the studio will “retire “ his character in a report on The Hollywood Reporter. Along with the writers, Director James Wan would try to review his footage  and add some tweaks on the script.

Daily Mail revealed that that Paul’s look-alike younger brother was asked to be a body double of his late brother. The 25-year old Cody Walker works as a stunt man in movies.

Along with his friend Roger Rodas, the 40-year old Walker died in a tragic car crash during a fund-raising event for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. His friend was driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT and Walker sat in the passenger seat when they hit a light pole.

Associated Press reported a new update on the car crash case. According to the investigators, it was the speed that caused the devastating event and not a supposed mechanical problem.

His immediate death had shocked everyone including the movie’s cast and crew, who had been with Walker for 14 years.

Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the latest film from the Fast/Furious franchise will not be scrapped but will experience a delay on production in respect of him. It was also reported that the production will resume in several locations including Abu Dhabi on April 1, 2014 .

The filming was still roughly finished when Walker died. His friend and co-star, Vince Diesel, announced on Facebook that the July 11, 2014 release will be moved exactly a year after resuming production.

Walker first got worldwide recognition with his role in 2001’s “The Fast and The Furious.” He portrayed the role of Brian O’Connor, an FBI agent turned criminal due to his involvement with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel.)

Fans are curious to see how “Fast & Furious” 7 will keep Paul Walker alive with body doubles and computer-generated imagery (CGI). “Fast and Furious 7” will hit the theatres on April 10, 2015.


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