Not So ‘Fast’: Paul Walker’s Role in ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Might Still Change

By January 14, 2014
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Despite earlier reports that the team behind Fast & Furious 7 had decided to “retire” Paul Walker’s character within the film in an attempt to salvage the departed actor’s work in the production and honor his memory, it now seems as if those reports may have been just a bit premature. Worse yet, they could be totally incorrect.

Earlier this month, THR reported that Walker’s Brian O’Conner would not be killed off in the film, instead he would be respectively retired, in a move that seemed engineered to both please his fans and include his already-shot material in the film. Perfect, right? Well, it might not be happening, as IGN recently spoke with Fast scribe Chris Morgan, who told the outlet that, essentially, “no definitive decisions have been made yet.”

Morgan told the outlet, “I mean at this point, everyone took a break and we’re having time to grieve, and now everyone is coming together, linking arms and trying to figure out what the best way forward is. And that’s kind of the stage we’re at right now. Everyone is motivated to make it something special and move forward in the right way.”

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Moreover, Morgan said, “I saw that [report] and I wasn’t quite sure where that was coming from…There’s nothing set in stone at all. Those are the conversations we’re just now having. Nothing’s decided. Everything is still open and on the table.”

Even if Morgan and the rest of the Fast team don’t adopt the “retirement” storyline, the screenwriter promises that they will “find the right way to move forward.” As of now, going with the retirement angle certainly sounds like a solid way to honor Walker and feasibly keep production (which has been delayed since his death in November) moving along.

Fast & Furious 7 will open on April 10, 2015 (barring another release date push).

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
  • Kenny Jarvis

    I hate when movies push the release date, but under the circumstances of Paul Walkers departure, I can understand.

  • Kyle Mills

    Fast and Furious is the best movie series currently. I can’t wait for the 7th instalment.

  • Colleen Kruger

    Paul Walker death is a tragedy, and I hope the Fast and Furious team honour him.

  • Matias Gea

    I think he Brian should not retire, it’s just not him. But the other way around might feel a little awkward.