Trendy Film Report: Paul Walker’s Brothers Officially Join ‘Fast and Furious 7’
Don’t underestimate the power of brotherhood. After months of rampant speculation, it has been confirmed that Paul Walker’s younger brothers, Cody Walker and Caleb Walker will step in to help the Fast and Furious family complete the 7th installment in the thriving franchise that elevated their eldest sibling to superstardom.
Walker, who tragically perished in a car crash back during the Thanksgiving break, had filmed most of the relevant scenes, and thankfully his brothers have agreed to step in and help facilitate the remaining action sequences.
It’s a touching tribute to Walker and a testimony of why the Fast franchise has managed to garner immense global appeal. The ideology of family has been the backbone from the very beginning and after reading the statement released by Universal Studios, it is clear that the bond that was instituted on the big screen is the real deal.
Fast and Furious 7 is slated to hit theater on April 15, 2015.
Check out the official statement below:
The FAST & FURIOUS saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans.
Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film.
We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.
We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.
We are just under a year away from the release of FAST & FURIOUS 7, and this film is the most important we’ve ever done together. It will allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role.
We wanted to take a moment to speak to our fans directly and thank you for the love and support you always show us as we resume our work.