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Rumor: Will Cody Walker replace his late brother Paul in Fast and Furious 7?

Dec. 16, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Before we get to the news about Paul Walker's brother Cody possibly taking over the late actor's role in FAST AND FURIOUS 7, remember that this is nothing more than a rumor at this time, and it was reported by The Daily Mail, who isn't always the most reliable source of information.

The site has learned from a source that Universal is considering using Cody Walker as Paul Walker's replacement in FAST AND FURIOUS 7.

"They soon realized they needed someone who looked like Paul to finish the movie and that's when they approached his nearly identical brother, Cody."

The 25 year old movie stuntman looks quite a bit like his older brother (see the image below with their other brother Caleb), and the source says the studio could make him look more like Paul Walker with the use of CGI, and it wouldn't be that noticeable if scenes with Cody Walker were shot from a distance or from behind.

"They can shoot Cody from behind and at distance and if it's a shot they need Paul's face in close up they can CGI it later on."

The Daily Mail says Cody Walker is set to take his brother's part in FAST AND FURIOUS 7, but their source says he hasn't agreed to it yet, and right now the focus has been on dealing with Paul Walker's tragic death.

"If Cody agrees it's because he wants to honor his brother's memory. There are many details that still need to be worked out, but right now the family and cast and crew are all still grieving."

Last week it was reported that writer Chris Morgan might retire Paul Walker's character in the next film. The studio has been working with the Walker family on how to give Paul Walker an appropriate exit from their movie, and if Cody Walker does take the role, it could make that plan a little more feasible. In my opinion, if the family is OK with it, and Cody Walker wants to honor his brother's memory by appearing in the film, then this might be the best option for Universal.

Source: Daily Mail

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8:26AM on 12/16/2013

No...

...just no
...just no
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8:29AM on 12/16/2013
This really is a tough call. On one hand, it's like The Crow situation where some stand-in, CGI shots of Brandon Lee were used to finish the film. Universal Studio, if Cody Walker wants to do this, then let him do it but don't force him, please. Honestly I hope the screenwriter can alter the script a bit, since they already filming half the film, saying for the sake of Brian, Mia and their son, Dominic wants them to leave. They can even refer this to the bank vault chase scene from Fast 5 where
This really is a tough call. On one hand, it's like The Crow situation where some stand-in, CGI shots of Brandon Lee were used to finish the film. Universal Studio, if Cody Walker wants to do this, then let him do it but don't force him, please. Honestly I hope the screenwriter can alter the script a bit, since they already filming half the film, saying for the sake of Brian, Mia and their son, Dominic wants them to leave. They can even refer this to the bank vault chase scene from Fast 5 where Dominic DID let Brian get away with the vault whereas Dominic turned around his car and smack the villains down. Dominic can do this again in Fast 7.
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8:39AM on 12/16/2013
This wouldn't be the worst idea in the world, but I would still rather they just use what footage they have of Walker and just write Brian, Mia, and the child into hiding.
This wouldn't be the worst idea in the world, but I would still rather they just use what footage they have of Walker and just write Brian, Mia, and the child into hiding.
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10:38PM on 12/16/2013
Doesn't matter if it was planned or not. The general audience doesn't know that and would just see killing off Brian as a way to write off the character because of Paul walkers death.
Doesn't matter if it was planned or not. The general audience doesn't know that and would just see killing off Brian as a way to write off the character because of Paul walkers death.
11:11AM on 12/16/2013
Well, I obviously wrote that before Paul Walker died. Considering how much of a revenge film this next one is going to be, I was wondering if the franchise had enough guts in killing off (for real this time) one of their main characters from the beginning.

But since Paul Walker unfortunately died in real life, I want to see the franchise give his character a happy ending by having Brian go into hiding with Mia and the baby.
Well, I obviously wrote that before Paul Walker died. Considering how much of a revenge film this next one is going to be, I was wondering if the franchise had enough guts in killing off (for real this time) one of their main characters from the beginning.

But since Paul Walker unfortunately died in real life, I want to see the franchise give his character a happy ending by having Brian go into hiding with Mia and the baby.
9:07AM on 12/16/2013
Having seen Fast 6 last week, I went back to read the review and related stories I skipped at the time to avoid spoilers. I came across one of your posts where you suggested killing off Brian in the next installment. Who's to say that wasn't going to happen, since such an event would have been kept under wraps for maximum viewer impact...but if so, wonder if Universal would have the guts to see it through using say Cody Walker. Would Universal come off as insensitive for doing something that
Having seen Fast 6 last week, I went back to read the review and related stories I skipped at the time to avoid spoilers. I came across one of your posts where you suggested killing off Brian in the next installment. Who's to say that wasn't going to happen, since such an event would have been kept under wraps for maximum viewer impact...but if so, wonder if Universal would have the guts to see it through using say Cody Walker. Would Universal come off as insensitive for doing something that was already planned?
8:42AM on 12/16/2013
This sounds like a horrible idea...unless they've got enough footage to make it legit, but using CGI to superimpose his face onto a double? It'd better be some flawless CGI.
This sounds like a horrible idea...unless they've got enough footage to make it legit, but using CGI to superimpose his face onto a double? It'd better be some flawless CGI.
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10:21AM on 12/16/2013
You mean like Armie Hammer in The Social Network? Yeah, I know the situation is different, considering Hammer actually was able to play both parts, but it still demonstrated CG being used to replace a face. That said, I think they are going to use it sparingly, just to write him off, not continue all of Paul Walker's scenes from the original script.
You mean like Armie Hammer in The Social Network? Yeah, I know the situation is different, considering Hammer actually was able to play both parts, but it still demonstrated CG being used to replace a face. That said, I think they are going to use it sparingly, just to write him off, not continue all of Paul Walker's scenes from the original script.
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9:00AM on 12/16/2013
I saw Fast 6 last week...and yeh, I know the dialogue is cheesy....corny...etc etc...but given what happened only a week or so before I watched it, Dom and Brian's chat about fatherhood and stuff...was pretty poignant. Great movie by the way. As for this story...I'm still of the mind to either replace the actor if they're starting again...or having him killed off in this movie. Either way, gotta credit Universal for taking their time on this matter. Im actually surprised theres no
I saw Fast 6 last week...and yeh, I know the dialogue is cheesy....corny...etc etc...but given what happened only a week or so before I watched it, Dom and Brian's chat about fatherhood and stuff...was pretty poignant. Great movie by the way. As for this story...I'm still of the mind to either replace the actor if they're starting again...or having him killed off in this movie. Either way, gotta credit Universal for taking their time on this matter. Im actually surprised theres no concrete plans for what theyre supposed to do in such situations.or that clauses do not exist in contracts where actors sign some kind of indemnity that gives total consent to film producers to do what they need to do without coming off as insensitive should they opt for the easiest (financially viable) option.
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9:03AM on 12/16/2013

I love that they MIGHT retire Walker's character.

Honor the guy's legacy! Walker's Brian was such an integral part of the success of the series. Without Walker, this series really would be over. Watching 2 Fast 2 Furious the other night, I see what they were doing: they were taking the character from the first movie, and having him go under cover and infiltrate again. Diesel wanted no part of the second one, and if Walker didn't take part, the series probably would've crumbled. Tokyo Drift was a success because of the new direction it
Honor the guy's legacy! Walker's Brian was such an integral part of the success of the series. Without Walker, this series really would be over. Watching 2 Fast 2 Furious the other night, I see what they were doing: they were taking the character from the first movie, and having him go under cover and infiltrate again. Diesel wanted no part of the second one, and if Walker didn't take part, the series probably would've crumbled. Tokyo Drift was a success because of the new direction it went in and Justin Lin's masterful vision, but it could have very easily gone direct-to-video from that point on. The draw was getting Diesel back on board, but it's Walker's character you relate to because he was your window into this world. His character needs a proper send off, a retiring, and not some ambiguous ending left open for the viewer to consider. They need to honor him.
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9:18AM on 12/16/2013
I think that if Cody fulfilled the role of stand-in to fill in the gaps in footage already filmed in might work, but I'm not sure about him taking over as the character proper.
I think that if Cody fulfilled the role of stand-in to fill in the gaps in footage already filmed in might work, but I'm not sure about him taking over as the character proper.
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9:28AM on 12/16/2013

No!

Me giving two "this is a bad idea" selections on the same day..I don't think that has ever happened.

The only way this guy should be involved is if they are shooting him in creative ways to send the character off in a limited way. Have the opening of the next one of him either dying or getting away using Cody as a double.
Me giving two "this is a bad idea" selections on the same day..I don't think that has ever happened.

The only way this guy should be involved is if they are shooting him in creative ways to send the character off in a limited way. Have the opening of the next one of him either dying or getting away using Cody as a double.
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10:08AM on 12/16/2013
Couldn't they just put Nicolas Cage's face on the character like that time John Travolta died?
Couldn't they just put Nicolas Cage's face on the character like that time John Travolta died?
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10:28AM on 12/16/2013

Filling in the gaps

I don't think Cody Walker is being considered to take over the part as originally written. The way I interpret this is that the writer (Chris Morgan) and filmmakers don't have enough footage to properly send the Brian character off, so they need a stand-in to finish the scenes. They probably intend to do what many are suggesting, but this allows him to actually be scene leaving or however his character ends. That explains why they refer to distant shots. I highly doubt they will completely
I don't think Cody Walker is being considered to take over the part as originally written. The way I interpret this is that the writer (Chris Morgan) and filmmakers don't have enough footage to properly send the Brian character off, so they need a stand-in to finish the scenes. They probably intend to do what many are suggesting, but this allows him to actually be scene leaving or however his character ends. That explains why they refer to distant shots. I highly doubt they will completely replace him with his brother.
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11:04AM on 12/16/2013

It's the Daily Mail, folks.

This is Grade A Bullshit. Trust me.
This is Grade A Bullshit. Trust me.
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11:51AM on 12/16/2013

DON'T EVER TRUST UK NEWSPAPERS!

If they are the first to spread a rumor about film than it's total bs. Remember back in 2000 when they said there was going to be a $200 million Doctor Who movie with Sean Bean?

And The Daily Mail is the worst media outlet for fear mongering (and prejudice) in the UK.
Americans have Fox News, us brits have the Mail.
If they are the first to spread a rumor about film than it's total bs. Remember back in 2000 when they said there was going to be a $200 million Doctor Who movie with Sean Bean?

And The Daily Mail is the worst media outlet for fear mongering (and prejudice) in the UK.
Americans have Fox News, us brits have the Mail.
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1:17PM on 12/16/2013

BULL to the SHIT

If a UK paper said water was wet, I would think it a lie
If a UK paper said water was wet, I would think it a lie
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4:38PM on 12/16/2013
The part should go to Walker Texas Ranger.
The part should go to Walker Texas Ranger.
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6:23PM on 12/16/2013
I think the brother on the right in the pic looks more like Paul than Cody does. I guess if this is the way they want to go, then what better way to do it than to have your brother carry on the character. I think it's a better way to honor him than to have some random person do it. Can Cody act though? Of course some may say Paul couldn't act anyway. I disagree though. I think an interesting way to go would be to kill Paul's character in the film, and then his brother comes on board to seek
I think the brother on the right in the pic looks more like Paul than Cody does. I guess if this is the way they want to go, then what better way to do it than to have your brother carry on the character. I think it's a better way to honor him than to have some random person do it. Can Cody act though? Of course some may say Paul couldn't act anyway. I disagree though. I think an interesting way to go would be to kill Paul's character in the film, and then his brother comes on board to seek vengeance.
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10:30PM on 12/16/2013
I agree. I think that if they recast it should be with his brother. The brother on the right does resemble him more but it does say that Cody is a stuntman, so that could be useful in these movies. If they were worried about people complaining that he doesn't look enough like Paul they could always have something happen to Brian in the movie and then have the makeup department apply prosthetic scars and explain the difference that way. Then the character of Brian could continue with his
I agree. I think that if they recast it should be with his brother. The brother on the right does resemble him more but it does say that Cody is a stuntman, so that could be useful in these movies. If they were worried about people complaining that he doesn't look enough like Paul they could always have something happen to Brian in the movie and then have the makeup department apply prosthetic scars and explain the difference that way. Then the character of Brian could continue with his brother, who resembles Paul, without much complaint. I think you are on it though when you say they should kill off Brian and then introduce Paul's brother as a new character that turns out to be Brian's brother. Even if it is just for one movie to give Paul , and Brian, a proper send off from the franchise.
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10:12PM on 12/16/2013
Whatever they do will be fine. If anyone really bitches about whatever choice they make should just be ignored. Its a shitty situation they need to work around and if recasting him with his brother is their choice then it works for me.
Whatever they do will be fine. If anyone really bitches about whatever choice they make should just be ignored. Its a shitty situation they need to work around and if recasting him with his brother is their choice then it works for me.
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12:24AM on 12/18/2013
This is a bad idea
This is a bad idea
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12:58AM on 12/18/2013

Terrible idea

And for the love of GOD, please don't use Caleb Walker, I went to school with that guy and he was the biggest asshat there, where I hear Paul Walker was a great person deserving of his fame, his brother is absolutely the polar opposite. Just do the world a favor and leave his character out of the movie...
And for the love of GOD, please don't use Caleb Walker, I went to school with that guy and he was the biggest asshat there, where I hear Paul Walker was a great person deserving of his fame, his brother is absolutely the polar opposite. Just do the world a favor and leave his character out of the movie...
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