Fast & Furious 7 may use Paul Walker body doubles

24 March 2014

CGI may be used to depict late actor.

Body doubles and CGI may be used to complete scenes featuring the late Paul in the forthcoming The Fast & Furious sequel, according to sources.

Walker had yet to complete his shooting in the latest installment of action franchise when he died in a car crash, aged 40. Production was delayed while the cast and crew had time to grieve and the script was rewritten to give the actor an “honourable send-off”.

Reports suggested most of Walker’s scenes had been completed, but there were inevitably some blank spots.

An anonymous source told the NY Daily News: "They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul's physique and they will be used for movement and as a base. Paul's face and voice will be used on top using CGI."

Universal have not commented on the report.

The practice is not unprecedented. Oliver Reed died of during the filming of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator; it reportedly cost $3m to digitally map Reed’s face to a double for two minutes’ worth of footage.

Fast & Furious 7 is due to resume filming next month, following a four-month delay; it is now set to be released in April 2015.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]