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Paul Walker’s Fast & Furious 7 character ‘will retire and not be killed off’ from the franchise

article-2533356-1A3F96EE00000578-177_634x519When Paul Walker died in a car crash on November 30, he was only halfway through shooting his film The Fast & Furious 7. For several weeks producers didn’t know what to do with his character Brian O’Connor who is an integral part of the money-making franchise.

On Friday The Hollywood Reporter claimed a consensus has been reached: Paul’s iconic undercover cop will ‘retire’ and not be killed off, when the movie premieres on April 10, 2015.

‘The plan is to “retire” the character in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the existing footage of Walker,’ the Reporter wrote.

‘In the weeks after the tragedy, director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan, and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Universal’s lead executive on the Fast films, pored over the footage Wan had shot. The trio then devised a plan to tweak the existing script so that Walker would remain a part of the story but could be written out, allowing the franchise to continue without him.’

MailOnline exclusively reported on December 13 Paul’s younger brother Cody, 25, a stunt man, has been asked to step in to shoot some scenes for the film.

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