If they can use holograms to get Tupac back on stage to perform, we suppose anything is possible. So perhaps it isn’t a surprise that Universal is holding the gears together on their lucrative “Fast & Furious” franchise by using a bit of digital trickery to keep one of the key cast members in the rotation.
The sudden death of Paul Walker found the studio shutting down production and contemplating starting the movie over from scratch. But after some time, the decision was made to push back the release date and keep Walker’s character in the movie by using the existing footage he had shot. But that won’t be all. According to a source speaking to New York Daily News, “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.”
Respectful? Gaudy? Maybe both. It’s a solution, we suppose, and probably one that made more financial sense than starting the entire movie all over again or having Walker’s character suddenly disappear Poochie-style midway through the sequel.
Anyway, we’ll see how it all looks and if we can tell the difference when “Fast & Furious 7” drops on April 10, 2015.