Paul Walker’s younger, lookalike brother has been asked to step in for him to film the final scenes for Fast & The Furious 7, it emerged today, Daily Mail reports.
Paul Walker, 40, was filming the 7th part of the action movie and was on a short break from filming when he met his sudden death.
And in a poignant tribute to the star, MailOnline can reveal Cody Walker, 25, who has worked as a movie stuntman, is set to take his place in the latest installment of the hit franchise.
Daily Mail reports that a source close to production said today: ‘Producers had a string of meetings right after Paul’s death.
‘They soon realized they needed someone who looked like Paul to finish the movie and that’s when they approached his nearly identical brother, Cody.’
The source added that they can shoot Cody from behind and at distance and when it’s a scene they need to show Paul’s face close-up they can edit it later using computer generated imagery.
‘If Cody agrees it’s because he wants to honor his brother’s memory. There are many details that still need to be worked out, but right now the family and cast and crew are all still grieving.’
In addition to this, Universal have also made it clear they will work with the Walker family and take their guidance on a fitting exit for Paul’s Fast & Furious character, Brian O’Connor, according to the source.
Today, a spokesman for Universal told MailOnline:
“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers.
At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”
Paul Walker died in a car crash on November 30, 2013. He was buried in a private ceremony on yesterday.