What Will Happen To The Fast and Furious Series?
Paul Walker Died While Shooting For Fast and Furious 7
Paul Walker died while shooting for Fast and Furious 7! Paul Walker, who rose to fame playing Brian O’Conner in the first of the Furious films, which was released in 2001, met an untimely demise when he died in a horrific crash during the production of Fast and Furious 7. How did Walker die and how did the director of Fast and Furious 7 complete filming without his star actor? Simply continue reading to discover everything you need to know about Walker’s tragic death and the future of the Fast and Furious franchise.
What Actually Happened? Accident Insights
Walker, who was 40 at the time, was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera, which was being driven by professional race car driver and close friend Roger Rodas. Rodas was giving Walker a ride home after the pair attended a charity event together. Rodas allegedly lost control of his Carrera GT which smacked into a pole at high speed. Unfortunately, the Carrerra GT then burst into flames, claiming the life of Walker. An actor who spent the majority of his adult life portraying a racer.
How Did The Fast &Furious Team Complete Production Of Fast and Furious 7 Without Walker?
Director Stephen Wan, enlisted the help of Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody to film Walker’s remaining scenes. Whilst Caleb and Cody bear a slight resemblance to their famous brother, in order for Caleb and Cody to pass as their brother, Wan and his editing team used the latest in CGI technology in order to combine footage of Walker’s brothers with CGI enhanced footage of Walker.
If you’ve watched Fast and Furious 7, you may be curious as to witch scenes utilized Walker’s brothers. Most of the final scenes were created using Walker’s brothers as body doubles. As an example, most of Jordanna Brewster’s scenes in which she portrays Mia, Brian’s wife, were shot using Walker’s brothers as body doubles. If you’re curious as to whether or not you can tell the CGI version of Walker from the real deal, the scene in which Walker appears, 15 minutes into the film, is the first time audiences get a glimpse of the CGI version of Walker.
How will Walker’s passing affect the future of the Fast & Furious franchise? If you’re a fan, you may delighted to hear that the 8th film in the series is in production and is scheduled for release in 2017. Whilst many fan favorites such as Dwayne the Rock Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson, have signed on, Walker’s untimely death has definitely left a hole in the team, which will be hard to fill.
So who is set to fill Walker’s shoes, Scott Eastwood who is the son of legendary actor Clint Eastwood, is set to bring a bit of new blood to the 8th film in the franchise As an added bonus, Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron, has also signed on to join the Fast and the Furious Family. So whilst Walker’s death was a tragedy, you can rest assured that the feature of the hit Fast and the Furious films is in safe hands. After all, the ongoing success of a franchise Walker worked so hard on, will ensure that Walker’s name will live on, in the hearts of his fans.