Paul Walker’s ‘Fast & Furious’ Character Brian O’Conner to be ‘Retired’

January 3, 2014

‘Fast & Furious 7′ will see the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner “retired” rather than killed according to reports. The untimely death of the actor has left the storyline and the status of the latest movie in the franchise in limbo.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story on the latest development in the fate of the forthcoming ‘Fast & Furious 7′ sequel movie, directed by James Wan, whose release has been recently rescheduled for April 10, 2015; it has originally been slated for a July 2014 release.

At the time of his sudden death in a car crash, Paul Walker had filmed roughly half of his scenes for the movie. According to THR, quoting unnamed sources, the studio Universal has made the decision to use existing footage of Walker and to rewrite the script in a way which allows his character to be written out of the ongoing franchise.

From the outset, it was Paul Walker who portrayed the character Brian O’Connor dating back to the 2001 original ‘The Fast and the Furious’ which saw him, in the unfolding events of the movie as an LAPD undercover detective.

Along with Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, Paul Walker’s Btian O’Connor had been closely associated with the franchise. It is still difficult to imagine a ‘Fast & Furious’ movie without him. Knowing the character is “retired” rather than killed offers such little solace especially as this latest news comes coincidentally on the same day that the graphic details of the coroner’s report on Paul Walker’s death were made public.

But yet we must be thankful for what we do have, the scenes that he was able to complete that will mark his final appearance on the big screen.

Vin Diesel, expressing the profound grief over the loss, recently posted on his official Facebook page another previously unseen set photo of himself alongside Paul Walker — he had previously posted another such set photo when he announced the change in the movie’s release date. This time, his message was a solely a tribute to his late friend and colleague along with a message, in part: “We had accomplished so much by 2013…The complexities of Brotherhood, and the painful void… of it’s absence.” The photo is below.

How the ‘Fast & Furious 7′ plot will unfold is still under wraps and at time point, not yet determined. There has been speculation that Paul Walker’s younger brother Cody Walker may be a stand-in in some scenes. But confirmed details on the new movie are few.

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Pictures: PR Photos, Facebook

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