The unfortunate death of Fast & Furious franchise star Paul Walker last November put the next installment in the series, Fast and Furious 7, in jeopardy. Filming for the movie was already underway when Walker passed, so Universal Studios put the project on hold until a solution was reached.
According to the New York Daily News, the Fast and Furious 7 script retires Walker’s character, former FBI agent Brian O’Conner, instead of killing him off. The remaining scenes where Walker’s character is required will use body doubles of the late actor with his face and voice laid over top using CGI.
“They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base,” New York Daily News’ source said. “Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI.”
Shooting for the new movie had been delayed until further notice after Walker’s passing. The movie was originally scheduled for a June 2014 release date, but due to the tragedy, it has since been pushed back until April 2015.