Paul Walker's Fast & Furious 7 Replacement: His Brother?

Sources say Cody Walker may film scenes
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2013 11:03 AM CST
This film publicity image released by Universal Pictures shows Dwayne Johnson , left, Vin Diesel, center, and Paul Walker in a scene from "Fast & Furious 6."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Giles Keyte)

(Newser) – Paul Walker was on a break from filming the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious franchise when he died, and production of the movie is currently on hold. But sources tell the Daily Mail that Walker's younger brother Cody, 25, may be asked to replace the late actor in the final scenes. Producers "realized they needed someone who looked like Paul to finish the movie and that's when they approached his nearly identical brother," says one source, adding that Paul's face can be inserted using CGI if necessary. "If Cody agrees it's because he wants to honor his brother's memory."

The source adds that Universal is dedicated to working with Walker's family to ensure a "fitting exit" for Walker's character. The screenwriter is currently revising the script, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Universal is hoping to "retire" Walker's character using scenes that have already been filmed, but the crew is in a tough spot considering Walker was only about halfway done filming, according to a source. They're aiming to restart production in January, and are planning to keep the plot as-is if possible, despite the fact that it contains several car crashes. "What will drive everything is, is there an honorable and sensible way to do this?" says a Universal source. Meanwhile, Walker was cremated last week and a private funeral is taking place today. (Read more Paul Walker stories.)

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