Universal pressed pause on filming after Walker died in a car crash on November 30, both to give the close-knit group behind the long-running franchise time to grieve and for the production team to come up with a plan to address the sudden loss of one of its stars halfway through the film's shoot.
Director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan, and Universal worked together to adjust the script and also figure out a way to incorporate the footage they already had. Now that shooting has resumed, it's been revealed that "FF7" will use CGI and body doubles for Walker's role.
A source told the 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." Additionally, "Paul's face and voice will be used on top using CGI." The production was planned to restart in April, but people in Atlanta have already spotted equipment and various signage about filming. There's about six to eight weeks of shooting left for the cast, and the film is slated for next April, which will give Wan et all plenty of time to figure out the best way to keep Walker's role intact while also being respectful of his memory - and keeping fans happy.
Do you think that CGI and body doubles are the way to go, or should they have come up with another way to address the loss of Walker? Let us know in the comments.