Many moviegoers would have left their Furious 7 screening last year with a sense of closure having just viewed a tightly wrapped and fitting send off to Brian O’Conner – one of the franchise’s original characters who was portrayed in the long-running film series by Paul Walker, up until he tragically passed away mid-shoot back in 2013.
It appears, though, that with the franchise set for a further three installments, Vin Diesel would consider taking the risk of undoing O’Conner’s perfect send off and bringing him back into the fold for one or more of its upcoming movies.
Paul’s younger brothers Caleb and Cody Walker, who famously stood in for Paul after his death and helped to finish his scenes in Furious 7, recently confirmed in an interview with ET that Diesel, who they crown the franchise’s godfather, has previously reached out to them to discuss when they thought it would be acceptable to bring Paul’s character back. Caleb spoke about the discussion he and Diesel had about the prospect of a return.
“I had a phone call with Vin [Diesel] for about an hour and we really discussed this a while back. He wanted [our] blessing”
Cody also commented on the studio’s concerns, should the idea go ahead.
“Universal wants to make sure to be respectful of Paul and his image too, and his family”
Although likely a cameo, it’s not entirely clear how big a role either Vin, Caleb or Cody are thinking Walker’s character could play in the upcoming Fast & Furious films. It does seem, however, that the three of them have had far more than just a passing conversation on the subject and are fairly serious on making Brian O’Conner’s return to the Fast & Furious franchise a reality.
Keep your eyes peeled for a potential return when Fast 8 opens in theaters, April 14th, 2017.