For a while, word went around that some of Paul Walker's unfilmed Fast & Furious 7 scenes would utilize his brother, stuntman Cody Walker, as a stand in. But a more recent report on the film's use of CG Paul Walkers seemed to put that idea to rest.
But now it's back, times two. It turns out not only will Cody Walker stand in for his late brother's character, but another brother, Caleb Walker, will help out as well.
This was announced on Universal's Facebook page. It looked like this:
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.
I honestly think this is awesome. Dumb as it sounds, the series really is about family, and having two family members onscreen making this work strikes me as appropriate and not at all exploitive or anything like that. We all know this movie faces a big challenge, and speaking for myself, I doubt I'm above grading it with my heart when it finally comes out, regardless of how good or bad the not Paul Walker-Paul Walker stuff ends up looking. Having said that, I do hope it looks great.