Paul Walker‘s character in the Fast and Furious franchise was an integral part of the ongoing story. And one of the big issues that came up when the actor passed away last November was how director James Wan would handle this loss. Would he retire Walker’s character? Would he use CGI to replace his performance? And it looks like Wan and Universal Pictures are going with the latter.
According to Confidential (via NY Daily News), Paul Walker will remain in the franchise. The late co-star will be in the film by using CGI, voice effects and body doubles. The article reports that “four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique” have been hired and “they will be used for movement and as a base.” Also, Walker’s face and voice will be used along with CGI.
Back in December, Universal revealed that Walker would appear in the 7th installment, but never quite said how they would pull of the job. This is what the film’s producers and Universal Pictures have decided to do, and they feel confident that fans of the franchise will feel satisfied with the end result.
Production for Fast and Furious 7 went on a hiatus after Walker’s passing, but will resume in early April. The film is now scheduled to open April 10th, 2015, which now allows time for the additional CGI work that’s going to take place in post-production. This process of using CGI to replace an actor’s performance is not unheard of, but it’s obviously not the best choice as it can be distracting (if not done properly).
What do you think? How do you feel about CGI and body doubles being used to include Paul Walker in the latest film?