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Paul Walker's character could make Fast & Furious return

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Story by Jack Foley

THE character played by the late Paul Walker in the Fast & Furious franchise could yet make a return, according to his brothers.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Cody and Caleb Walker, who stood in for Paul in some scenes in Fast & Furious 7 following the actor’s death in a car accident in November 2013, said they had discussed the possibility with franchise creator and star Vin Diesel.

Caleb revealed: “I had a phone call with Vin for about an hour and we really discussed this a while back. He wanted [our] blessing.”

According to Caleb, Diesel had asked if and when they thought it ‘would be acceptable to maybe bring Paul’s character [Brian O’Connor] back – to really kind of let his fans know he’s still out there’.

Cody added: “Universal wants to make sure to be respectful of Paul and his image too, and his family.”

It is not yet clear whether the conversations took place with a view to having O’Connor make an appearance in the upcoming Fast & Furious 8, which is scheduled for release in 2018. But there are plans to make a further two movies beyond the eighth entry, which would take the total number of films to 10.

Charlize Theron and Dame Helen Mirren have joined the cast of Fast & Furious 8 alongside returning cast members such as Diesel, Kurt Russell and Jason Statham.

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