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Paul Walker is set to return in Fast X, director confirms

Paul Walker is set to return in Fast X, director confirms

Director Louis Leterrier says Paul Walker's character, Brian, will appear in the film, but "you won’t see [him] in the present".

The next Fast & Furious movie is right around the corner, and director Louis Leterrier has confirmed that Brian O’Conner, who was portrayed by the late Paul Walker in the previous films, will be making an appearance.

Fast X is shaping up to be an incredibly exciting penultimate instalment. In our own interview with Leterrier, the director teased that the film will bring the series “back to Earth”, and won’t “use CG as a basis”, but simply “to enhance reality”.

Take a look at the first trailer for Fast X below.

Now, in a new interview with Total Film (via GamesRadar+), the director confirmed that the character of Brian O’Conner is set to return yet again, despite Paul Walker’s death. The actor tragically died as a result of a car accident in 2013, so the crew behind Furious 7 (the film he was working on before he died) ended up using Walker’s brothers as body doubles and enhancing some sections with CGI to complete his remaining scenes. His absence was noted in F9, but his character is still alive, Leterrier says.

“Well, Brian is very much alive in the world of Fast & Furious, and they’ve teased him a lot in the previous movies. In 9, we see the car coming. It’s something that is planned,” Leterrier told Total Film. “This movie jumps back and forth between the past and the present. You will see Brian in the past, you won’t see Brian in the present. It’s something that everybody has to be on board with. The Walker family is still very much a part of this franchise, you’ll see how in this movie. It just has to be the right moment, the right tone. I think what James Wan did at the end of 7 was perfect. The tone was perfect. Brian has to re-enter the franchise as perfectly as he left it.”

Leterrier didn’t expand on how the crew plans to do this - perhaps old footage of the actor will be used (the fact that we see him in a flashback in the trailer suggests so). We’ll just have to wait and see.

Fast X is coming to cinemas on 19 May.

Featured Image Credit: Universal Pictures

Topics: TV And Film