The show must go on, and in the case of Fast & Furious 7, it will do so with Paul Walker, who was killed in a car accident on November 30, 2013. At the time of his death, Walker had already begin filming the seventh installment in the career-defining franchise. You may recall that co-star Vin Diesel posted a photo of the last scene they had finished shooting together:
It was already known that Walker's F&F character, Brian O'Connor, would still appear in FF7, and that the film "retire" the character and move the series forward. How and to what degree Walker would be used was the mystery. Now we know.
that with shooting back underway, the filmmakers will use body doubles, CGI, and Walker's own voice to keep his character in the film to complete his storyline. The late actor's face will be digitally added to the body doubles and his voice will be used for the dialoge.
Some will undoubtedly recoil at this idea, but it's not as outlandish as it sounds.
You may recall that in TRON: Legacy, the "Clu" character was of the film's star, Jeff Bridges:
The technology is there (it's been there for a long time, really), and the decision has apparently been made. Now we wait and hope that the final product does Walker justice and lets fans give what has become a beloved character a proper send-off.
I've wondered when we'd get to the point in cinema where an actor's age or even whether he or she was alive or dead would be rendered incidental to a production. It appears that we're officially there.
Fast & Furious 7 opens on April 10, 2015.