The tragic death of Paul Walker will not halt the actor’s appearance in the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, according to the NY Daily News. In an effort to keep Walker’s classic character, Brian O’Conner in the film, Universal Pictures will make a few digital alterations.
“They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base,” a source told the blog. “Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI.”
Shooting of Fast & Furious 7 was on a break when Walker fell victim to a fiery car crash, with a portion of the movie left unfilmed. Fellow actors Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson have shared how Walker’s absence has affected them on set.
“Before we start filming we are going to have a strong prayer. That will be the start — before we film anything. That’s what is needed for us to do Fast & Furious 7,” Gibson told TooFab. “This is the only movie I ever worked on where we are all real close — even after the movie is over. It wasn’t just losing a co-star, he was family for real. That’s why it took so long to recover.”
“The transition into that Dom state of mind has always been an interesting one,” Diesel wrote on Facebook. “Only this time there is added purpose, a collective goal to make this the best one in the series.”
Fast & Furious 7 is slated to hit theaters on April 10, 2015.