Character will be ‘retired’ instead.
Following the tragic death of star Paul Walker in a car accident, Universal have now decided that his character in the forthcoming Fast & Furious sequel will not be killed off, but simply “retired”.
Walker died last month on Thanksgiving weekend as a passenger in a sports car. A recent coroner report suggest the car was travelling at 100mph when the driver lost control and hit a tree.
The studio and filmmakers have been pondering how best to continue with the sequel to the popular franchise; production was already underway and many of Walker’s scenes had already been filmed.
After postponing shooting indefinitely, screenwriter Chris Morgan confirmed that he would rewrite the script to give the star an “honourable send off”.
It’s now been reported that the footage shot will still be used, but the character of Brian O’Conner will be retired out of respect for the star and his grieving family.
The film was due to be released in November of this year but has now been pushed back to April 10th, 2015.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]