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Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 is enlisting the help of Paul Walker’s brothers to complete the scenes that would have starred the late actor.
The film’s Facebook page announced Tuesday that Caleb and Cody Walker would appear in the car racing movie to finish some of the action scenes and other parts of the film that were not completed before Paul Walker’s tragic death in November.
“Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too,” said the statement.
Walker, the oldest of five siblings, had shot most of his dramatic work before he was killed in a fiery car crash in Valencia, Calif., over the Thanksgiving break.
After the accident, Universal put production of the film on hold for several months. After director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan and Universal pored over existing footage and tweaked the script, production resumed in April.
“We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too,” said the statement.
Fast & Furious 7 stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. The film is slated for release on April 10, 2015.
Read the full statement below:
The FAST & FURIOUS saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans.
Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film.
We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.
We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.
We are just under a year away from the release of FAST & FURIOUS 7, and this film is the most important we’ve ever done together. It will allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role.
We wanted to take a moment to speak to our fans directly and thank you for the love and support you always show us as we resume our work.
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