The Fast & Furious franchise has never shied away from taking risks. We all remember how this franchise was done for, until Universal rolled the dice on Fast & Furious (4), which then gave us Fast Five. However,as much as that risk and others have paid off, this next one is something they might want to hold back on.
After the sudden death of Paul Walker, his brothers, Caleb and Cody, both played a huge role in the completion of Furious 7. For them, it was much more than finishing what Paul started. It was an experience that taught them more about their brother than they ever thought possible.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Caleb and Cody talked about how they began to understand the work that kept their brother away from his family for such long periods of time, including holidays. To be on the set of Furious 7, and actually involved in something that was such a big part of his life, gave Caleb and Cody some much needed closure.
The ending for Furious 7 gave Brian O’Conner (Walker) the best sendoff possible. However, as Fast 8 was expected to move on from both the actor and character, that didn’t leave out the possibility of his existence being acknowledged in the coming films (8, 9, 10). In fact, Caleb Walker revealed that Vin Diesel recently contacted him regarding bringing Paul’s character back, as a means to let the fans know he’s still out there. Caleb was quick to mention the respect both Diesel and Universal had towards Paul, his image, and his family, by asking for their council on whether it would be even acceptable. Of course, the interview never went as far as confirming the return of Brian O’Conner in whichever capacity for Fast 8 or beyond.
Before I give my opinion, I want to state that I can see why Diesel (a producer on the franchise) and Universal might want to explore this. Audiences will ask the question “why doesn’t Brian come back and help the crew?” or “why is Mia (Jordana Brewster) allowed to help her brother, Dom, but Brian is nowhere to be found?”. However stupid these questions may be, they’re also logical ones. Still, I don’t think that’s any solid reason to bring back Paul Walker’s character, even if its a cameo. I like the idea of Brian O’Conner’s brother being introduced, played by Caleb or Cody Walker. Why not? Every character addition into this franchise has gradually become a fan favorite at some point. Let Paul Walker’s character be.
sources: ScreenRant, Entertainment Weekly