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Paul Walker's Fast and Furious character will retire

2014-01-07 08:15
Paul Walker
Los Angeles - Paul Walker's character in Fast & Furious 7 will retire.

The late actor played undercover police officer Brian O'Connor in the franchise, but hadn't finished shooting the seventh instalment when he died in a nasty car crash on 30 November last year.

However, according to the Hollywood reporter, bosses have decided the star's alter-ego will not be killed off and will instead be written out of the script using existing footage of Walker in a bid to keep fans satisfied and allow for the franchise to continue.

The future of the movie loomed in the balance last month after production was postponed following the devastating news, but Universal Pictures confirmed a few weeks ago that Walker and his co-star Vin Diesel will "lead the cast" of the seventh movie, which was initially set for a July 2014 release date but will now be released on 10 April 2015.

'Unsafe speed'

Walker, who starred in five of the six Fast & Furious movies, was killed along with his friend Roger Rodas when the Porsche Carrera GT they were travelling in smashed into a tree and a lamppost and burst into flames in Santa Clarita, California.

A report from the Los Angeles County Coroner released last week states Roger was driving at an "unsafe speed" of over 160km/h on the road - which has a designated limit of 72km/h - and lost control of the car "for unknown reasons".

However, the report also states neither Roger, 38, nor Walker, 40, had alcohol, cocaine, marijuana or other impairing drugs in their systems.

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