SHOOTING HAS NOW RESUMED for “Fast & Furious 7,” and Confidenti@l has learned exactly how Paul Walker will remain in the film.
“They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base,” one source close to production tells us. “Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI.”
A tribute to Paul Walker on Vin Diesel's Facebook page
Our insider adds that this is option number one producers and Universal Pictures have decided on, and that the studio feels confident fans of the franchise will feel satisfied with the result.
Walker plays cop Brian O’Conner in every film in the series except for the third installment, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”
Paul Walker, kneeling, with (from l.) Tyrese, Jin Auyeung, Devon Aoki and Ludacris in ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’
Universal had confirmed in December that Walker would appear in the latest installment, but never addressed exactly how they would pull it off.
“Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of ‘Fast & Furious 7,’ which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015,” the studio had said in a statement. “James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series, and Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel return as producers.”
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A photo of Walker in a tribute to him at the site of his fatal car accident
The cast and crew have been shooting scenes along the streets of downtown Atlanta, while Diesel took to his Facebook to post a picture of the last scene he filmed with Walker, writing, “There was a unique sense of
Diesel, who plays lead character Dominic Toretto, also shared on Facebook how the tragedy changed his
Paul Walker (r.) teams with Vin Diesel in the original ‘The Fast and the Furious.’
“The transition into that Dom state of mind has always been an interesting one,” the 46-year-old wrote.
“Only this time there is added purpose, a collective goal to make this the best one in the series.”
Fans in ‘RIP Paul Walker’ T-shirts near the site in Valencia, Calif., where the actor died last Dec. 8
Shooting on the film had been delayed after the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash outside of Los Angeles on Nov. 30, while filming was on Thanksgiving break. The cast and crew had been nearly at the halfway mark when the tragedy struck, and the actor’s performance was unfinished. The “Fast & Furious” franchise has grossed almost $2.4 billion worldwide since 2001. Universal reps declined to comment.