It has been almost six years since the untimely demise of Hollywood actor Paul Walker.
Ironically, the Fast & Furious superstar died in a tragic car accident. Paul Walker’s death has left a huge void in the Fast and Furious future and business unfinished from the PoV of fans.
If it were not for him, the Fast and Furious film franchise would probably be half as famous today. Fans have been virtually craving to get more of Walker’s iconic Brian O’Connor.
To that end, multiple reports and rumours suggest that good news might be on the way for fans. Paul Walker may be returning in the ninth edition of Fast and Furious. Eerie and aghast? Well, why worry when we have CGI?!
The Void That Paul Walker Left Behind
Walker’s untimely death happened even before Fast & Furious 7 was completed. Consequently, the makers of the film faced a delicate question – how do they finish the scenes while still respecting Paul’s performance?
Well, thanks to the cutting edge technology, they finished the film with the help of CGI. Notwithstanding, Paul’s real brothers Caleb and Cody Walker were looped in to act as Paul’s body-double for the completion of the film.
Meanwhile, the face was enhanced and digitally mapped overusing computer-generated images.
Paul Walker is back in FF9
And for Fast & Furious 9, the makers of the movie are using a variety of tricks to bring Paul Walker back from the dead.
First off, they’ve invited Paul’s brother Cody on board to retain Paul’s character in the upcoming franchise. Cody Walker’s presence facilitates in capturing the physical performance and mannerisms of Paul, making the daunting task more feasible.
Recently, Vin Diesel took to Instagram to share the news with his fans. Diesel posted a photograph of the two (him and Cody Walker) with their backs facing the camera.
How CGI Is Bringing Paul Walker Back?
Another technique that director James Wan has used is scrutinizing through the archive that consists of used and unused photos/videos of Paul Walker from the previous Fast & Furious movies.
Sometimes, only audio recordings of Paul Walker were used to reconstruct the scene!
This method is similar to what we saw in Will Smith’s Gemini Man, where the age of the actor is invariably shifted from young to old using CGI techniques.
What We Know So Far About FF9?
All the familiar faces will be back in the ninth edition of the franchise. Another character set to return in FF9 is Jordana Brewster (Paul Walker’s reel wife) who last appeared alongside him in Fast & Furious 7.
However, the big news that awaits fans is that Fast & Furious 9 shall largely focus on Paul Walker. The movie is expected to delve into his stint as a conman who previously retired for his family but will now be back because Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) needs him. What and how exactly will Paul mark his return is under wraps as of now and only known to the directorial team.
Call this is macabre or miracle… the answer will only be clear once FF9 hits the cinema halls in May 2020.