As most of you are already painfully aware of, yesterday Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker and a friend of his lost their lives in a fiery single car accident in Santa Clarita, California, which is just north of Los Angeles. He was attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.
This begs the question, what is next for the Fast & Furious franchise in the wake of the Walker’s passing?
Director James Wan is currently finishing up filming on the latest installment of the franchise, Fast & Furious 7. As of a week and a half ago, the 40-year-old actor could be seen on set alongside his co-stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Dwayne Johnson.
In Fast & Furious 7, Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, Walker’s character Brian O’Conner, and the rest of the crew are just coming off of their participation in the takedown of rival gang leader Owen Shaw. Now, Shaw’s older brother Ian, played by Jason Statham, is looking for revenge for his brother’s death.
At this particular juncture it is unknown for sure if Walker had finished his scenes in the film; however, if he has not, it will be interesting to see how they react to the tragic events that transpired yesterday.
I mean, how do you just write out a character that has been a part of the franchise since the very beginning? Walker has been in every Fast & Furious film with the exception of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
How do you think they will handle Walker’s tragic death in the upcoming film? Do you think they will continue the franchise without Walker’s character? Sound off in the comments below and let us know your thoughts.