Five years ago, Paul Walker’s life was ended prematurely in a car accident that sent shockwaves throughout the industry. His death took place during the production of Furious 7, and rather than kill off his character, the filmmakers opted to give him an emotional sendoff. Paul Walker’s brothers stood in as body doubles for the actor, and the VFX crew went on to recreate the actor digitally for many of the final, emotional shots of the movie.
With the character Brian now firmly removed from the franchise, the series can go off in a whole new direction, and in the eighth film, it did. It played up Jason Statham’s character and had their main foe in the form of Vin Diesel’s own character. A new spin-off is on the way, and soon after that, we’ll be getting Fast and Furious 9. Given its momentum, it would make sense for us to assume we’d seen the last of Walker’s character.
However, as Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody have revealed, they hope to bring him back in some capacity in the future.
“I just hope we get to — I don’t know — have a little cameo and bring Paul back to save the day and I get to help create that again,” Caleb Walker told AP News. “That’s my dream and I hope we get to do that in one of the future movies.”
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Okay, a cameo makes sense. With Jordana Brewster coming back, I suppose it makes sense that we can see him in some capacity.
“I think there could potentially be a way to do it. But it would take a lot of thought and it’d have to be tasteful. It would have to be tasteful,” Cody Walker told the outlet. But he followed up that statement with an interesting one. “He was the real deal, the real car guy. And in his absence, I — you know — I think it’s lost its way in a big way.”
While I’m all for bringing Paul Walker back in a respectful way, it is a bit interesting that he thinks the films have since lost their way, and I have to wonder what he means by that. Granted, the franchise has never been an award-winning one, but as far as I’m concerned, the eighth film was nearly as strong as some of the series’ better entries.
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SOURCE: AP News