As production resumes on Fast and Furious 7 following last year’s death of Paul Walker, a new report has revealed how filmmakers are planning to finish the movie without their franchise star.
The New York Daily News, citing unnamed sources, reports that CGI, voice effects, and body doubles may be used in scenes where Walker appears. “They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base,” one source told the newspaper. “Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI.”
Universal Studios declined to comment.
Walker, who has played Brian O’Conner in all but one of the Fast and Furious movies, was killed in a car crash on Nov. 30, while on a Thanksgiving break from filming the franchise’s seventh installment. The film was about half-way complete at the time, and production has been on hold since.
Vin Diesel, who along with Walker starred in almost all of the franchise’s films, will travel with the film’s cast and crew to shoot in Abu Dhabi in early April. Diesel had earlier posted a photo of Walker on Facebook, along with the message reading, “Fast and Furious 7 will be released … April 10th 2015! P.S. He’d want you to know first.”