Though details are still scarce right now, it's been rumored that Cody Walker has signed up to "join the crew" of [Fast & Furious 8](movie:1117455).
Following the tragic passing of Paul Walker earlier this year, his brother Cody stepped in to finish the movie for his brother. With this new news and the apparent 'retiring of the Brian O'Connor' character from the franchise, it can be assumed that new character will be created for Cody.
According to the London Daily Mail, a source on the Fast production said:
Of course, Cody isn’t a replacement for Paul in any way, but the producers were really grateful that he stepped in to help them finish this last film and Cody is so likeable and charming. It would be a tribute to Paul that Cody carries on the Walker name in the Fast and The Furious movies.
Senior media analyst and veteran box office expert, Paul Dergarabedian, had this to say on the introduction of the younger Walker brother into the franchise:
If Walker’s brother does a great job and is well received by audiences in this newly conceived role, then who better to carry on the Walker tradition than his brother? ...when its a family member who fills in, it seems to soften any criticism that could develop. Look at Jason Bonham (son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham), when he has filled in for his respected and beloved father, everyone was cool with it because they kept it in the family. Universal is keeping it in the family and its tough to argue with the strategy...I think that it’s a meritocracy and that’s appropriate.
I think that depending on how all of this is handled, which for right now Universal seem to be doing a good job, this could be a nice addition to the franchise. As Dergarabedian says 'Universal is keeping it in the family' which I think is a good policy to have stuck by.
But what do you think?