This was never going to be an easy decision to make, but according to sources, Universal Studios has finalized their plans for the late Paul Walker‘s character in the upcoming James Wan film, Fast & Furious 7.
There’s no doubting just how important Walker was to the Fast franchise and learning of his shocking death brought lots of sadness to the world. Fans of his work immediately sent out their regards to his surviving family members, while co-stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and director James Wan were left missing a dear friend. They were also left with the painful responsibility of what to do with Universal’s upcoming Fast & Furious 7.
I can’t even imagine how hard it must have been to get back to work after losing such a close friend and someone that was one of the core elements to the heart of the franchise. But unfortunately, business must go on.
The latest word is that Paul Walker‘s character will be retired in Fast 7, with Wan and his screenwriter Chris Morgan retooling the script to incorporate already shot footage, while also giving Walker’s character the proper sendoff.
I feel like this is the best decision for everyone involved, because now they can continue the film and the franchise, while also tastefully saying goodbye to someone that was close. An in-movie death would have cut it too close for everyone involved and I have no doubt that it wouldn’t have solved anymore problems than simply writing him out.
Fast & Furious 7 is scheduled to release sometime in the summer of 2015.