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Paul Walker's scenes will remain in Fast and Furious 7, but his character will be retired from the franchise

Jan. 3, 2014by:

After much deliberation, we now know what will be done with Paul Walker's character in FAST AND FURIOUS 7. After filming about half of his scenes for the sequel, Walker died in a car accident on December 1st. After a period of grieving, Universal and director James Wan elected to delay the film from the original 2014 release to the beginning of Summer 2015. Rumors swirled that they would kill of Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, or possibly shoot scenes using a stand-in and CGI.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the decision has been made to keep Paul Walker's scenes in the film while writing and shooting new scenes that will allow Brian O'Conner to be "retired" from the story. This will allow for a dignified exit for the late actor, a tribute to fans who want to see his final work, and also allows the films to continue without him. It is unknown how the story will work, but this will add an additional buzz to the already anticipated movie.

FAST AND FURIOUS 7 was going to be a box office hit regardless of what was decided as the films have only grown more profitable with each successive entry. Walker's death, as gruesome as it sounds, will have a similar effect as Heath Ledger's passing in advance of THE DARK KNIGHT as fans want to see their legacy on screen.

FAST AND FURIOUS 7 hits screens on April 10, 2015.

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11:37AM on 01/06/2014

Any reason

...why the thumbnail on the main page for this article shows Denise Richards and Neve Campbell making out in a pool?
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3:06PM on 01/05/2014

I really get sick of the Heath Ledger death remarks re: TDK.

I hate when people try to claim that the movie did well because of Ledger's death. It may have opened a little bigger, sure, but the cultural frenzy of TDK was based largely on its amazing word-of-mouth. People were going back to the theater multiple times to see it; its weekly holds were stellar. That's why it steadily climbed past half a billion at the domestic box office. I'm not saying Ledger's death didn't help some of the media frenzy around the film, but to somehow imply that the film
I hate when people try to claim that the movie did well because of Ledger's death. It may have opened a little bigger, sure, but the cultural frenzy of TDK was based largely on its amazing word-of-mouth. People were going back to the theater multiple times to see it; its weekly holds were stellar. That's why it steadily climbed past half a billion at the domestic box office. I'm not saying Ledger's death didn't help some of the media frenzy around the film, but to somehow imply that the film was only successful as it was because of Ledger's unfortunate demise seems, to me, to be quite tacky - and ignorant of facts.
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4:19PM on 01/05/2014
I certainly do not claim it did well because of his death.

But with that said, the fact that it was worldwide news, probably did affect box office numbers.
I certainly do not claim it did well because of his death.

But with that said, the fact that it was worldwide news, probably did affect box office numbers.
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2:15PM on 01/05/2014
I wonder if this will affect box office numbers. Thinking of Heath Ledger.
I wonder if this will affect box office numbers. Thinking of Heath Ledger.
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11:35PM on 01/04/2014

That's probably the best-case scenario

Let's face it: the only way Universal will kill this franchise is if the box office goes through the floor - and then they'll probably reboot it after a few years. So "retiring" Paul Walker's character is the most respectful way out of this mess.

The likeliest scenario moving forward is that Dwayne Johnson's character ends up stepping into the Paul Walker role, playing the law-abiding yin to Vin Diesel's yang.
Let's face it: the only way Universal will kill this franchise is if the box office goes through the floor - and then they'll probably reboot it after a few years. So "retiring" Paul Walker's character is the most respectful way out of this mess.

The likeliest scenario moving forward is that Dwayne Johnson's character ends up stepping into the Paul Walker role, playing the law-abiding yin to Vin Diesel's yang.
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4:25AM on 01/05/2014
I don't think the box office would go through the floor but I believe Fast 7 could be the highest grossing Fast & Furious movie yet. Personally I don't know how Fast & Furious can go after Fast 7. Perhaps begins Fast 8 with an entire new cast members.
I don't think the box office would go through the floor but I believe Fast 7 could be the highest grossing Fast & Furious movie yet. Personally I don't know how Fast & Furious can go after Fast 7. Perhaps begins Fast 8 with an entire new cast members.
11:04PM on 01/03/2014

Best Case Scenerio

This is probably the most respectful way to deal with this situation and makes a ton of sense. I am sure the cast that became close friends with Walker during their time together likely wanted to see his character "retire" rather than die. My only issue is that I would like to have been surprised by how they handled the exit of Walker's character as I watched the film rather than knowing he is "retiring" and not being killed off...I guess they wanted to show that they were treating this
This is probably the most respectful way to deal with this situation and makes a ton of sense. I am sure the cast that became close friends with Walker during their time together likely wanted to see his character "retire" rather than die. My only issue is that I would like to have been surprised by how they handled the exit of Walker's character as I watched the film rather than knowing he is "retiring" and not being killed off...I guess they wanted to show that they were treating this compassionately but not knowing the fate of the character would have been a more interesting direction for me. I do agree that "retiring" his character is the best way too go as killing him would have sparked a ton of controversy and likely pissed off his friends and family.
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10:57PM on 01/03/2014
Could they be anymore vague? Hopefully the character's finale will be one of dignity and respect. It needs to resonate and not fizzle out.
Could they be anymore vague? Hopefully the character's finale will be one of dignity and respect. It needs to resonate and not fizzle out.
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8:29PM on 01/03/2014
So it's not set in stone? Sources can mean a lot of things and nowadays I just don't believe any gossip. Wake me up when it's official.
So it's not set in stone? Sources can mean a lot of things and nowadays I just don't believe any gossip. Wake me up when it's official.
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7:12PM on 01/03/2014

Eh...

I honestly don't know how to feel about this... On one hand, it'd be a shame to scrap the man's final performance... on the other hand, keeping him in the film and getting rid of the character sounds like it could be difficult. I expect they'd have better taste than to have his character killed in a car crash, considering the tragic way he past... But I'm worried that may be their only option, using the footage they've already shot. It'd be incredibly insensitive, so I'm hoping they'll figure
I honestly don't know how to feel about this... On one hand, it'd be a shame to scrap the man's final performance... on the other hand, keeping him in the film and getting rid of the character sounds like it could be difficult. I expect they'd have better taste than to have his character killed in a car crash, considering the tragic way he past... But I'm worried that may be their only option, using the footage they've already shot. It'd be incredibly insensitive, so I'm hoping they'll figure something else out, but who knows... I'm really hoping the studio doesn't try to exploit this tragedy. Walker, those who knew and loved him, and all of the people involved on the film, deserve better than that.
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6:58PM on 01/03/2014
Perhaps it is for the best. Fans worldwide would want to see his last work. But yes, it'd be best to retire the character - maybe Dominic wants Brian, Mia and their son to be safe. Dominic DID do that in Fast Five at the bank vault chase scene where he did uncouple the cable and let Brian go and Dominic himself turned the car around and face the villain. Honestly, I don't know how Fast & Furious can go after Fast 7.
Perhaps it is for the best. Fans worldwide would want to see his last work. But yes, it'd be best to retire the character - maybe Dominic wants Brian, Mia and their son to be safe. Dominic DID do that in Fast Five at the bank vault chase scene where he did uncouple the cable and let Brian go and Dominic himself turned the car around and face the villain. Honestly, I don't know how Fast & Furious can go after Fast 7.
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6:53PM on 01/03/2014
It sounds like it's for the best, this wasn't going to be an easy matter to handle either way and I just hope it's handled with dignity and respect. Just saw Hours; I think it was alright. Paul Walker gave the part his all even if he visibly struggled with some of the moments of drama.
It sounds like it's for the best, this wasn't going to be an easy matter to handle either way and I just hope it's handled with dignity and respect. Just saw Hours; I think it was alright. Paul Walker gave the part his all even if he visibly struggled with some of the moments of drama.
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7:08PM on 01/03/2014
You should check out "Vehicle 19". The movie was okay but Paul Walker made it engaging and watchable.
You should check out "Vehicle 19". The movie was okay but Paul Walker made it engaging and watchable.
8:14PM on 01/03/2014
Thanks for the suggestion. My Dad saw the film and didn't like it; I might give it a go someday.
Thanks for the suggestion. My Dad saw the film and didn't like it; I might give it a go someday.
8:55PM on 01/03/2014
You're welcome. To be honest, it's a passable action film that I'd watch on rainy weekend but Paul Walker made a believable lead.
You're welcome. To be honest, it's a passable action film that I'd watch on rainy weekend but Paul Walker made a believable lead.
11:15PM on 01/03/2014
Frankly, Walker wasn't the greatest actor of all time but he was a decent actor that seemed to have fun on screen and usually made the films he was apart of better. More importantly, in a business full of assholes Walker seemed like a genuinely good guy that used his celebrity to help others and was a loving father. I do think as a society we tend to "over praise" people after they die and make them seem like they were more talented or bigger stars than they actually were...like I said Walker
Frankly, Walker wasn't the greatest actor of all time but he was a decent actor that seemed to have fun on screen and usually made the films he was apart of better. More importantly, in a business full of assholes Walker seemed like a genuinely good guy that used his celebrity to help others and was a loving father. I do think as a society we tend to "over praise" people after they die and make them seem like they were more talented or bigger stars than they actually were...like I said Walker was a decent actor but his loss wasn't a giant loss to Hollywood in the way Heath Ledger or River Phoenix was in terms of losing a young actor that had the potential to be one of the greatest of their generation. I hope that this reply doesn't come across as douchy or insensitive, it's a sad loss for his friends, family and fans but other than his work in the Fast and Furious franchise his loss isn't going to change the future of cinema.
2:04AM on 01/04/2014
Tclayton, I think that was very well written and I totally agree. I wasn't particularly a fan of Paul Walker's acting style (I think I even voted him 'guilty' in movie jail) but I had nothing against him and he did seem like a genuinely good person who pursued his passions of marine biology and cars in addition to charity and helping others.
Tclayton, I think that was very well written and I totally agree. I wasn't particularly a fan of Paul Walker's acting style (I think I even voted him 'guilty' in movie jail) but I had nothing against him and he did seem like a genuinely good person who pursued his passions of marine biology and cars in addition to charity and helping others.
12:22AM on 01/05/2014
Thanks Jedd, I wasn't sure if that seemed insensitive but I just feel like people are acting like we lost the greatest actor of our generation...by the way I have always enjoyed reading your comments and find your opinions to be well informed and level headed.
Thanks Jedd, I wasn't sure if that seemed insensitive but I just feel like people are acting like we lost the greatest actor of our generation...by the way I have always enjoyed reading your comments and find your opinions to be well informed and level headed.
4:22AM on 01/05/2014
Nope. Not insensitive at all. Don't worry about that. I wasn't a fan of Paul Walker's acting skill either but he just seems very down to earth and a great guy anybody would want to hang out with. I do like his marine biology passion though. I remember watching this show on National Geographic and there he was. He didn't receive any top billing but just listed as part of the crew. That's very humble.
Nope. Not insensitive at all. Don't worry about that. I wasn't a fan of Paul Walker's acting skill either but he just seems very down to earth and a great guy anybody would want to hang out with. I do like his marine biology passion though. I remember watching this show on National Geographic and there he was. He didn't receive any top billing but just listed as part of the crew. That's very humble.
6:52PM on 01/03/2014
Of course they would keep his scenes. When all the big wig executives sat around a table deciding on $$what$$ to do, it came down to, what will give this movie a bigger release? Well, now we have something even more to pull people into the movie to see. Of course they weren't going to reshoot. I feel bad for PWalker but I can't imagine anything GOOD coming from executives that are in charge of money making decisions...
Of course they would keep his scenes. When all the big wig executives sat around a table deciding on $$what$$ to do, it came down to, what will give this movie a bigger release? Well, now we have something even more to pull people into the movie to see. Of course they weren't going to reshoot. I feel bad for PWalker but I can't imagine anything GOOD coming from executives that are in charge of money making decisions...
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6:50PM on 01/03/2014

In terms of continuing the story

I was always thinking about this statement:

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."

I was hoping they'd consider that statement when deciding what to do. Maybe they still will in a way that doesn't involve his death.
I was always thinking about this statement:

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."

I was hoping they'd consider that statement when deciding what to do. Maybe they still will in a way that doesn't involve his death.
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6:07PM on 01/03/2014
Of fn course. But what does that mean? He quits the gang? If so, I just feel like that REALLY hurts the story creatively (and for future films) and goes against everything from the last film (all the films with both of them actually - we are a family we do this together ride together die together etc.). So who's going to step up as Vin's partner? Someone HAS to and The Rock is the only one currently capable of those starter minutes but he's busy. If they are just letting Walker leave to
Of fn course. But what does that mean? He quits the gang? If so, I just feel like that REALLY hurts the story creatively (and for future films) and goes against everything from the last film (all the films with both of them actually - we are a family we do this together ride together die together etc.). So who's going to step up as Vin's partner? Someone HAS to and The Rock is the only one currently capable of those starter minutes but he's busy. If they are just letting Walker leave to take care of his family and such, they are wasting such a HUUUUGE opportunity to once again tweak the formula of the franchise (again) into a racecar/ revenge movie (Wan already did a solid revenge movie), starring the fucking Rock and Vin Diesel and the rest of the gang vs Jason Statham and Ong-Bak. You don't want to see that film? I took some screenwriting classes, but I've never been the type of guy who watches films and says they should have done it this way, this idea would have been better, because I'm honestly not creative enough. Though I have said movies should have ended earlier, I only just rate the quality, I can't think up what if story lines. Who knows exactly what's gonna happen and how it'll turn out, but this is the only time I truly feel I could write (or at least flesh out) an incredible story that makes sense for 2-3 more movies and gives characters real motivation. My fingers are crossed, but somebody has to step up to balance these films? Right? No diss to Vin, but I can't see this franchise going on much longer without a partner for him, and he is someone who is incredibly difficult to gain the trust of. Walker wouldn't want these films to end or to get bad (or not entertaining), and I don't see this working in the short or long term without a stupid old brother or friend of Vin's he's never mentioned to come help.
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1:21AM on 01/04/2014
I agree. I understand that the studio wants to be respectful to family and friends and that is great. But I think it is almost more disrespectful to have his character suddenly change his attitude about everything and just up and leave. Like you said they have made such a big deal about how they are "family" and they will handle anything that comes up together. The "retirement" of the character needs to be handled very carefully or it will just not make sense.
I agree. I understand that the studio wants to be respectful to family and friends and that is great. But I think it is almost more disrespectful to have his character suddenly change his attitude about everything and just up and leave. Like you said they have made such a big deal about how they are "family" and they will handle anything that comes up together. The "retirement" of the character needs to be handled very carefully or it will just not make sense.
5:21PM on 01/03/2014
Probably the best way to go at this point. And I also think that this should be the last film in the franchise. I really can't see the rest of the cast going on with another film without Walker.
Probably the best way to go at this point. And I also think that this should be the last film in the franchise. I really can't see the rest of the cast going on with another film without Walker.
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6:08PM on 01/03/2014
Ugh I just don't want it to be the last film. It's right at its' peak.
Ugh I just don't want it to be the last film. It's right at its' peak.
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5:04PM on 01/03/2014
I just wonder if he's shot any scenes like the one in Fast 6...where his car crashes (tunnel scene when they first chase Shaw). If so, would they have the balls to change it so he doesn't survive such a crash. He's in a movie that involves cars crashing... exploding.... left, right and centre...and as insensitive as it sounds...it makes sense that if the character were to die at some point...that's how he'd go out.
I just wonder if he's shot any scenes like the one in Fast 6...where his car crashes (tunnel scene when they first chase Shaw). If so, would they have the balls to change it so he doesn't survive such a crash. He's in a movie that involves cars crashing... exploding.... left, right and centre...and as insensitive as it sounds...it makes sense that if the character were to die at some point...that's how he'd go out.
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5:02PM on 01/03/2014
This is a tough situation, and seems like the best outcome. However, I strongly feel this should be the last fast and furious movie. Even prior to walker's death, that seemed to be the way the story was heading, with most the gang back together returning to LA, bringing the story full circle. I know these films make a lot of money so the studio will want more, but as a fan I'd be happy is the series ended with 7.
This is a tough situation, and seems like the best outcome. However, I strongly feel this should be the last fast and furious movie. Even prior to walker's death, that seemed to be the way the story was heading, with most the gang back together returning to LA, bringing the story full circle. I know these films make a lot of money so the studio will want more, but as a fan I'd be happy is the series ended with 7.
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4:43PM on 01/03/2014

As long as it makes sense

I honestly don't care, as long as it makes sense for the flow of the film.
I honestly don't care, as long as it makes sense for the flow of the film.
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