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‘Furious 7’: Learn How Weta Created a Digital Paul Walker

‘Furious 7’: Learn How Weta Created a Digital Paul Walker

When Furious 7 hits theaters next weekend, it will be the last time the late Paul Walker will ever be seen on the big screen. The actor passed away in November 2013, while on a brief Thanksgiving hiatus from shooting Furious 7, which lead to the production shutting down for several months, not only for the actors to mourn their friend, but for the filmmakers to figure out how to give him a proper send-off. We reported last April that the actor's brothers, Cody Walker and Caleb Walker, served as stand-ins for Paul when production resumed, but now we have new details about how visual effects artists re-created the late actor.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Peter Jackson's Weta Digital effects house took unused footage from previous Fast and Furious movies to re-create a digital version of Paul Walker for the rest of the Furious 7 production. The process is said to be similar to the one used on the 2000 Best Picture winner Gladiator, where visual effects artists used footage from outtakes to digitally re-create actor Oliver Reed, after he suffered a fatal heart attack during the production. A similar process was also used to digitally replace late actress Nancy Marchand, after she passed away when The Sopranos was in production.

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‘Furious 7’ Clip Has Crazy Car Action with Paul Walker

‘Furious 7’ Clip Has Crazy Car Action with Paul Walker

A new Furious 7 clip shows off why this may be the best sequel in the long running series. Watch from the edge of your seat as just one minute from this 2 hour adventure proves to be more exciting than anything we've seen at the theater this year. We're treated to one very tense moment from the opening action scene, which finds Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor leaping from the front of a speeding car to attack his enemy, which he quickly throws into moving traffic.

Don't worry, Universal isn't giving away all the best moments. Even though we've already seen Dom and Brian's crew assembled in a previous clip, and the big climactic fight scene between Jason Statham and Vin Diesel revealed in another, Furious 7 will still have quite a lot to offer that has yet to be spoiled in these scenes the the studio seems to be releasing both fast and quite furiously. Reviews from the early SXSW screening promise that there are at least 7 epic action set pieces, a record for any of the previous installments in this hyper-intense series.

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‘Furious 7’ Clip: The Rock Vs. Jason Statham!

‘Furious 7’ Clip: The Rock Vs. Jason Statham!

When Furious 7 arrives in three short weeks, it will certainly be a bittersweet occasion. As you well know by now, franchise star Paul Walker passed away in the midst of filming. The latest sequel will give his character Brian O'Conner a proper send-off, and promises to pay tribute to the actor one final time before he makes his on-screen departure. We have a new clip that helps honor his memory, with Brian arriving as part of Dom's re-assembled crew. The team is back together for what will be their final mission! But that's not all...A second clip teases the epic fight scene between Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Jason Statham.

In Furious 7, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of their crew are able to return to the United States after defeating Owen Shaw. They can finally live normal lives again as they had wanted. But when Owen's older brother Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) shows up, he only has revenge for his brother's death on his mind. He is soon targeting Dom and his family, placing everyone in danger once again. After learning of Han's death, the crew sets out to find the man who killed one of their own, before he finds them first.

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‘Furious 7’ Poster: Walker and Diesel Take One Last Ride

‘Furious 7’ Poster: Walker and Diesel Take One Last Ride

Furious 7 marks the final film in the franchise for Paul Walker, who was tragically killed in the midst of production. His character, Brian O'Conner, will walk off into the sunset at the end of this latest adventure. A new poster pays tribute to his passing, and the legacy he has left behind, as Brian and Dom (Vin Diesel) prepare for one last ride.

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.

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‘Fast & Furious 7’ Files Record-Breaking $50 Million Insurance Claim

‘Fast & Furious 7’ Files Record-Breaking $50 Million Insurance Claim

After a long hiatus following the tragic death of Paul Walker in November, production on Fast & Furious 7 resumed at the end of March. The Hollywood Reporter has new details on the shoot, including the techniques being used to replace Paul Walker, and how the budget has escalated to $250 million, from a projected $200 million.

The site reports that Universal Pictures and its insurance company, Fireman's Fund, have been at odds over what will be a record-breaking insurance claim that could exceed $50 million due to the lengthy production delay and the new 13-week shoot, which is expected to conclude in July, culminating with, "an enormous crowd scene" that will use over 600 extras in the the city of Rosamond, California.

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Vin Diesel Shares Photo of Paul Walker's Brothers on ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Set

Vin Diesel Shares Photo of Paul Walker's Brothers on ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Set

Production continues on this delayed sequel with Cody and Caleb Walker stepping in to do action scenes and ADR for their late brother.
‘Brick Mansions’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette with Paul Walker

‘Brick Mansions’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette with Paul Walker

Spend a day on the set of this action-thriller with co-stars David Belle and RZA. In theaters April 25th.
‘Fast & Furious 7’ Will Use CGI and Body Doubles in Place of Paul Walker

‘Fast & Furious 7’ Will Use CGI and Body Doubles in Place of Paul Walker

The production has hired four actors with body types similar to the late actor, whose face and voice will be recreated through CGI.