On Instagram, Vin Diesel has posted a touching tribute to honor what would have been Paul Walker’s 50th birthday. In the post, he reflects on their close bond and how Walker had a significant impact on his life. Diesel fondly remembers Walker’s selflessness, especially his dedication as a first responder to help others. While it remains uncertain whether Walker will be digitally recreated in future Fast & Furious films, Diesel assures that the franchise will find a way to bid a proper farewell to Walker and the beloved character of Brian O’Connor.
On the occasion of what would have been Paul Walker’s 50th birthday, his Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel took to Instagram to pay tribute to his late friend. The two actors played Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Connor, respectively, in the popular action franchise that started in 2001. Walker died tragically in 2013 during the filming of Furious 7, but his character has remained a key part of the series. In his heartfelt post, Diesel shared some memories of Walker’s kindness and generosity towards others, including a touching moment from one of their productions. The actor also expressed his love for his friend and promised to continue honoring his beautiful soul. Fans have speculated whether Walker’s character will make an appearance in future Fast & Furious films, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
During the filming of Furious 7, Paul Walker passed away, but his character still appeared throughout the entire movie. To bring the character to life for scenes that Walker had not yet filmed, the production team used visual effects and Walker’s real-life brothers. The ending of Furious 7 provided a beautiful sendoff for Walker, and he has not been seen in any new scenes of the franchise since, despite remaining alive in the story world. F9: The Fast Saga features an indirect return of Walker in the form of his car pulling up to Dom’s house, and he also appears in Fast X through flashback footage from Fast Five. However, none of the movies following Furious 7 have digitally recreated the actor in any way. With the franchise now gearing up to conclude Dom’s story in one or two more movies, it is likely that Walker and his impact on the franchise will be honored on the big screen one last time.
There is still no clear answer to whether Walker will be recreated using digital means, but Diesel previously hinted in an interview with Total Film that it would be difficult for him to imagine the Fast & Furious franchise coming to an end without properly bidding farewell to the character played by Brian O’Conner. It remains to be seen how this will be portrayed on screen, but it’s possible that audiences could witness another CGI version of Walker as part of the franchise’s final installment. This information was sourced from Vin Diesel’s Instagram account.