There have been talks late last year that Paul Walker, through a combination of CGI and possible stand-in of his brother Cody, will return to “Fast & Furious 8” through some form of flashback scenes.
If that would be the case, then it is also almost automatic that Jordana Brewster, who plays the role of Mia Toretto O’Conner, Brian’s wife, shall also be coming back.
However, a top executive of NBC Universal Pictures has come out recently to debunk earlier rumors that the late actor Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner will again be featured in “Fast & Furious 8,” the same way it was done with the highly successful “Fast & Furious 7” released in April last year.
Ron Meyer, NBC Universal Vice Chairman, confirmed that Paul Walker will not be seen in the upcoming eighth installment of the popular movie franchise, quashing inaccurate speculations that the late actor will be seen reprising his character via CGI or another stand-in from his brother Cody.
In a recent interview, Meyer said that Paul will not be in “Fast & Furious 8” but the actor’s character will be represented in some form or another.
Whether his image is in the movie or not, Meyer refuses to say. However, he stated for the record that Paul will not be in the film as a performer or as an actor the way they did it the last time.
Meyer said that the next movie will still be “Fast & Furious” but it will be without Paul for the very first time.
Not sure of her character’s return
For her part, Jordana Brewster says that she is still not sure if her character will be retired from the franchise or not.
In a recent interview, the “Secrets and Lies” actress says that there has not been any discussion about her character being retired from the franchise, but she sees it going either way, notes Slash Film.
While Mia is indeed with Brian and already making their happily ever after, but she is still Dominic Toretto’s sister so the door for her return to the franchise is always open.
While Jordana is still uncertain to return, the rest of the main cast members including Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell are already assured of taking on their respective characters for “Fast & Furious 8.”
Shooting in New York and Cuba
Vin Diesel has announced late last year the entry of Director F. Gary Gray for “Fast & Furious 8” who shall reportedly be filmed in New York and possibly Cuba.
The possible shooting of the film in Cuba would usher for the franchise another history. “Fast & Furious 8” could be the second Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba since the United States imposed a ban on any relations with the Caribbean island nation since the 1960s, notes the Latinos Post.
Reports have it that Director Gray has already gone to Cuba recently to arrange necessary paperwork to obtain permission for shooting.
Universal Pictures confirmed through an official press statement that they are currently seeking approval from the American and Cuban governments to explore shooting a portion of the next installment of the “Fast & Furious” film franchise in Cuba.
The movie series has filmed in different locations around the world in the course of seven films including the Canary Islands, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, and London.
“Fast & Furious 8” is the beginning of the final trilogy to end the franchise on a very successful and high note.
However, as a cash cow that it is, reports have it that the producers are seriously contemplating of coming out with spinoffs and prequels to the franchise.
Vin Diesel, in an interview, said that “Fast & Furious 8” may be the start of the trilogy to conclude the film franchise, but that does not prevent them from producing and coming out with spinoffs.