The box-office success of "Fast and Furious 7" has made way for "Fast and Furious 8". While this may comes across as a given, the million-dollar question that has kept both critics and fans curious is -- "Will Cody replace Paul Walker?"
There is no doubt that fans never felt like Walker left and some of the credits can be given to Cody Walker, who was the CGI version of Paul in "Fast and Furious 7". But now, fans are looking forward to know if Cody will take over, especially after he has expressed his wish to be a part of the franchise.
New York Daily News reported that the actor was looking for new roles and most interestingly, his manager Matt Luber revealed that this young Walker boy might be keen on working in "Fast and Furious 8" if the producers were interested in signing him on. "I'm not sure if they are going to make an eighth movie, but if they did, I'm sure he would entertain a conversation (about a role)," he said.
Well, there is a possibility that the Walker brother might return, but according to earlier reports, it will be a new character -- maybe, someone related to Brian O'Conner.
Late last year, Universal Studios' Donna Langley spoke to The Hollywood Reporter hinting that they would continue the franchise without Paul Walker. "Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise," Langley said.
Moreover, a production source had told MailOnline that Cody will be given a role in future movies, saying, "Paul's character Brian O'Conner will be seen retiring, while his younger brother will join the crew as a new character. Cody isn't a replacement for Paul in any way. It would be a tribute to Paul that Cody carries on the Walker name in the Fast and The Furious movies," the source said.
This maybe true as the send-off for Paul Walker's character Brian O'Connor in Furious 7 was heartrending with Brian deciding to leave the dangerous business of fast cars. The goodbye is subtle and emotional as Dominic (Vin Diesel) and his crew look on at Brian, Mia, and child playing on the beach.
Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson told MTV News backstage at the MTV Movie Awards that it's "possible" that the next film could be set in New York City and Vin Diesel on the other hand confirmed the possibility of a larger story to come while on Jimmy Kimmel Live. But both agree that they have to raise the bar for "Fast and Furious 8". "Whatever we come up with for Furious 8, we've gotta raise the bar in terms of action, yes, I think, but in terms of story and character," the actors said.
Vin Diesel has already begun teasing the sequel and says it was Paul's wish to see "Fast and Furious 8" come to reality. "So, if fate has it — fate, F8 — then you'll get it. Furious 7 was for Paul; 8 is from Paul," he said.