Paul Walker’s absence was surely felt throughout the set of Fast and Furious 7 as actors, producers and crew shifted back into production-mode on the streets of Atlanta.
As the The Inquisitr previously speculated, Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, will now be played by his brother, Cody Walker, supplemented with some reported CGI effects.
Production was originally scheduled to resume March 31st, but actor Tyrese Gibson, who plays Roman Pearce in the film, tweeted “I’m back” along with an Instagram photo of Dubai, alerting everyone that he, at least, was back and ready. Tyrese was the first to publicly hint that filming would be getting back in gear and now his hint is confirmed.
Paul Walker had already worked through several scenes for Fast and Furious 7 before his unfortunate death in a high-performance car crash that occurred in Valencia, CA over last Thanksgiving Weekend. Walker, just 40 at the time of the horrible crash, will be making his sixth appearance, from beyond, in the Fast And Furious franchise.
The one film in the series Walker didn’t appear in was The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Details of if, when, or how, Walker’s Brian O’Conner character might exit the story remains to be seen but from what is known at this time, Paul Walker’s O’Conner character looks like he’ll see the film through.
Perhaps the most candid, revealing and heart felt reflection regarding the tragedy that befell Walker came from Michelle Rodriguez who was cast in the first and sixth Fast & Furious films, and is now featured in this, the seventh.
Directly following the death of Paul Walker, Rodriguez defined her pain, honoring Paul Walker and sincerely revealing the profound respect she had for the Man and his Character, the quickest way she could, via Twitter:
“I’m gonna carry this torch for you brother, with a forced smile on my face and Im gonna open my heart just cause your telling me to.”
More recently, Ms. Rodriguez reflected her continuing sorrow, saying:
“After 14 years of knowing and loving somebody as much as I loved him, the entire Fast & Furious family loved him, you tell me how you would feel if he just disappeared, but yeah, forget how awesome he was in the movies man, the guy had a heart of gold…it just sucks.”
Her sentiment speaks volumes for many that feel the loss of this incredible actor, amazing Man and Father. By Paul Walker’s presence alone, Fast And Furious 7 promises to be a film well-watched and cherished.