No less than Vin Diesel, who plays the role of Dominic ‘Dom’ Toretto in the action ensemble “Fast & Furious” franchise, confirmed a few weeks ago that the late actor Paul Walker shall once again be reprising his Brian O’Connor role in the upcoming “Fast & Furious 8,” due to hit theaters on April 14, 2017.
While Diesel has previously said that they have given the character of the late actor in the franchise a concluding scene with that emotional “One Last Ride” scene in “Fast & Furious 7,” he later on recanted his statement by saying that no “Fast & Furious” film will ever be complete without Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor on it.
Paul Walker died in November 2013 in an ironic road accident while production for “Fast & Furious 7” was still ongoing. But the production team solved the problem of his absence by digital post-production technology and also with the help of the late actor’s brothers Cody and Caleb.
It really helped that the brothers bear a close resemblance to each other and to Paul so the production team was able to digitally attached Paul Walker’s face into his brothers who finished the scenes in “Fast & Furious 7” after his death, notes the University Herald.
Apparently, “Fast & Furious 8” will use the same post-production technology as well as Cody and Caleb in order to recreate Paul Walker again. However, it should be noted that Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor would only make a cameo appearance in the movie which means it is going to be brief.
With that being said, contrary to previous statements that “Fast & Furious 7” was Paul Walker’s swan song in the film franchise, it is not going to be since he will once again be in “Fast & Furious 8” or more appropriately, his digital remastered version, reports Game & Guide.
The seeming tribute to the deceased actor along with the amazing production value of “Fast and Furious 7” enabled it to become the highest grossing film in the franchise. The movie went on to become the sixth highest grossing film of all time worldwide.
An Oscars-worthy movie
The “Fast & Furious” franchise has always been about fast cars, plenty of muscles, and a lot of slam-bang action. It is officially the most successful film franchise of Universal Pictures.
The film series has never pretended nor attempted to do an Oscars-worthy film over the course of seven movies.
But things would change come the eighth installment of the franchise when it hits theaters on April 14, 2017.
In a recent pronouncement actor-producer, Vin Diesel said that the entry of F Gary Gray as director of “Fast & Furious 8” has immediately turned the next installment of the franchise as a possible contender for the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars.
Diesel said that F. Gary Gray agreed to direct the latest installment of the commercially-successful action ensemble franchise with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder.
Accordingly, Gray told them that he is going to take the biggest saga in the world and throw Oscars in the process too.
Intense drama for Vin Diesel
Apart from a great storyline, “Fast & Furious 8” shall also see an intense drama involving Vin Diesel’s character, Dominic Toretto.
The actor recently teased that Dominic Toretto will be carrying some hefty baggage after the last movie of the film series and shall turn him into a dark and tormented individual.
Diesel explained that his character is a conflicted person, in a way. And that is really going to shock the fans. The actor explained that Dom is coming off a lot of emotions from “Fast & Furious 7” and the loss that the seventh movie represents, alluding to the real-life passing away of his good friend Paul Walker.
He added that Toretto’s storyline in “Fast & Furious 8” is kind of cold-blooded and he promised fans that it will hit them like a ton of bricks.