Universal Studios is considering the use of body doubles to replace the late Paul Walker in his incomplete scenes in the latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, according to an unconfirmed report by the Daily News.
A combination of human stand-ins and computer effects may be used to digitally superimpose his face and replicate his voice.
However, this gave rise to speculations among fans of the franchise as to how the studio would deal with Walker’s incomplete scenes.
The Daily News cited an unnamed source as saying, “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.”
The studio has, as of yet, refrained to confirm the report. Among other options being considered is to make use of the existing footage to complete the film. Chris Morgan, the film’s screenwriter, was said to be modifying the script so that Walker’s character might be retired earlier in the film instead of sticking to the original plan of killing him off.
Fast & Furious 7is directed by James Wan and, apart from Walker,will star series regulars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez. Jason Statham will also be appearing in this film as Ian Shaw.