Following Fast & Furious 7 star Paul Walker's tragic death in November, many fans have been wondering how the franchise will proceed, since the actor still had many scenes left to film before his untimely passing. New York Daily News is reporting that shooting has resumed on the action sequel, with the production using a mix of body doubles and CGI technology for scenes that the late actor had not shot yet.
Here's what an unidentified insider had to say about the production.
"They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul's physique and they will be used for movement and as a base. Paul's face and voice will be used on top using CGI."
This technique was the top choice of producers and executives at Universal Pictures, who feel that fans will be pleased with the outcome. Back in January, the studio revealed they planned to "retire" the late actor's character, Brian O'Connor, instead of simply killing him off. Director James Wan and screenwriter Chris Morgan adjusted the script, in order to find a way to use the footage that Paul Walker had already shot, while giving his beloved character a proper send-off.
We reported last month that production was scheduled to resume in April, but it has been confirmed that shooting is already under way in Atlanta. Our report from February revealed there is still between six to eight weeks left of principal photography. The sequel was halfway completed at the time of Paul Walker's death.
Actor Vin Diesel released the following statement last week, commenting on the production re-start.
"The transition into that Dom state of mind has always been an interesting one... only this time there is added purpose, a collective goal to make this the best one in the series.
P.s. The long awaited completion of Seven, begins..."
The actor also confirmed in December that the sequel will now be released on April 10, 2015. What do you think about these new developments? Chime in with your thoughts below.