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"F7" to replace Paul Walker with CGI

Writer: Elaine Ewe



Paul Walker will be recreated using a mixture of CGI and body doubles for "Fast & Furious 7".

26 Mar – Not even death can stop director James Wan and the rest of the production team from completing "Fast & Furious 7" with the late Paul Walker.

Filming recently resumed on the project, which saw a delay after the actor died in a car crash.

According to Total Film, the actor, who passed away in November last year, will be brought to life using a mixture of CGI and body doubles in order to finish filming his remaining scenes. The late actor has already shot roughly 50 per cent of his part for the last instalment of the "Fast & Furious" film franchise.

"They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul's physique and they will be used for movement and as a base," says a source close to the production. "Paul's face and voice will be used on top of using CGI."


Director James Wan showing of Jason Statham's ride on the set of "Fast & Furious 7".

According to co-star Vin Diesel, the tragedy has directly affected how he has approached the film as a whole, and his portrayal of protagonist Dominic Toretto.

"The transition into that Dom state of mind has always been an interesting one," says Diesel. "Only this time there is added purpose, a collective goal to make this the best one in the series."

This solution by Hollywood to replace actors who've died halfway during production seems to be the best option. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman early this year whom had also passed in the midst of shooting his pivotal role of Plutarch Heavensbee for "The Hunger Games" films, will also be re-shot using CGI technology to replicate the actor's final scenes.

Directed by James Wan and co-starring Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham, "Fast & Furious 7" will open in cinemas on 10 April 2015.

Cinema Online, 26 March 2014



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