Back in March a rumor circulated that the production of Fast & Furious 7would use body doubles and facial replacement to fill in gaps in the action due to the unfortunate death of star Paul Walker. This wasn’t really all that newsworthy given facial replacement is used a lot in Hollywood, but today Universal has officially confirmed the news while adding information that it’s Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody Walker, that have joined the production to help out.
Here’s the official statement from the studio’s Facebook page:
“The FAST & FURIOUS saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans.
Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film.
We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.
We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.
We are just under a year away from the release of FAST & FURIOUS 7, and this film is the most important we’ve ever done together. It will allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role.
We wanted to take a moment to speak to our fans directly and thank you for the love and support you always show us as we resume our work.”
Fast & Furious 7 is set to hit theaters on April 10, 2015, directed byJames Wan and starring Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson,Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Sung Kang, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Ronda Rousey andLucas Black.
Dwayne Johnson is generally known for his career in the WWE and the serious career he’s made for himself as an action star on the big screen, but as we all can learn in these new promos for MTV Movie Awards Takeover, he can be a great teacher as well.
Click on link to watch preview clips.
So, Brett Ratner has made a “Hercules” movie that’s coming out this summer. It’s certainly not a sentence we enjoy writing, but those are the facts and whether or not we like it, this thing is real and happening. But on the plus side, the always magnetic Dwayne Johnson is in the lead. But again, this is a Brett Ratner joint.
Anyway, the first clip from the movie is here and we’ll certainly give the director props for delivering something we’re not used to seeing from him. Removed from his usual urban comedy setting, Ratner certainly goes for some pretty big scope and size, and in this first (weirdly edited) clip from the movie, Hercules is threatened, some dudes rise out from the ground, and there is some yelling. Again, this is a “Hercules” movie, so par for the course. And at least it’ll be better than that Kellan Lutz movie, right?
“Hercules” arrives on July 25th. Click on link to watch below.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies at CinemaCon, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opened up about the death of his Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker. Here are highlights:
On making sure Walker’s character has a fitting finale: “It’s very important for everybody involved, of course. It’s not easy, and it’s a challenge when you have something like this — a beloved person. Paul, as you guys know, he was truly one of the good guys — a great dude, who didn’t take himself seriously, loved what he did, understood the business of the business. You got the real deal, genuine guy when you got him. So it’s important for everybody to creatively honor him in the best way that we possibly can.”
On his movie family dealing with the loss: “[You deal with it] as best you can. We’ve all dealt with that kind of loss before, where it jolts us and it jolts our hearts. I think it also has a way of informing us. Loss like that also has a way of making us love better, love stronger, appreciate our loved ones and our family that much more, when we wake up and when we go to bed. How families deal with loss, everyone has their own process.”
On feeling sad for Walker’s daughter: “We had talked about that a multitude of times — how cool it is to be a dad. There’s that really special bond between a dad and his little girl. She’ll always be his little girl. … So my biggest pain was for his family and for his daughter, mom, and dad.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson does not think much of his Hercules screen rival.
“The Legend of Hercules,” starring “Twilight’s” Kellan Lutz as the Greek demi-god, came out first and was considered competition to Johnson’s upcoming epic “Hercules” (out July 25).
Not to Johnson, who insists in his first comments on the film rival, that he didn’t even see it.
“When a movie is not built on a foundation of passion then you roll the dice and run the risk of making something that is not up to par,” Johnson tells USA TODAY. “And I think in that case, that was the type of movie that they made. It came, it went, and I believe it had no impact on our movie.”
Director Renny Harlin’s “The Legend of Hercules” tanked at the box office in January with a total haul of $18 million. At the time, Lutz had said he was excited about seeing Johnson’s “Hercules” later in the summer.
Johnson says that the rival picture caused some initial “confusion” for potential movie-goers. “There were two Hercules moviescoming out,” he says.
But now Johnson believes that the poorly-reviewed “The Legend of Hercules” might have even propelled his own film in the end.
“I think it helped our movie because of the quality of the movie that they made,” says Johnson.
Johnson’s “Hercules” showed off its first true images last week along with a battle-filled first trailer. Johnson, who has been working on the passion project for 10 years, declines to predict how the film will play at the box office in July.
“But we made a good movie. When you make a good movie you have got a shot of doing okay at the box office,” says Johnson. “What I am confident about is the connection we will have with the audience.”