Fans of The Fast and The Furious Franchise have been overwhelmed by the emotional announcement that Caleb Walker will reprise his role as Paul Walker in The Fast and The Furious 8, as well as every other character in the film, when it is released in late 2016.
Caleb has said he is flattered by the gesture.
“When Paul passed…. It was a tragedy. But I think the solution we came to was a pretty equitable compromise. I think it’s what Paul would have wanted. We were always very close. By extension, I think that having me play the bodily conduit of every other character in the upcoming installation of the film is also what Paul would have wanted.”
Caleb, for whom The Fast and The Furious 7 was a film debut, has said he’s “really excited to sink his teeth into a new role, and then another one, and then another, and into more and more roles until he is playing every role in The Fast and The Furious 8.”
James Wan, who directed the latest installation in the franchise, says it’s the right choice.
“We’re really honouring Paul’s memory here. People were so receptive to the change the first time round that we figured they would be proportionally pleased if he was to take over literally every other role in the film.”