Nine years have passed since the tragic death of Paul Walker at just 40 years old. On November 30, 2013, Brian O’Conner star died in a car accident while filming Furious 7. And today, Vin Diesel has posted a sweet tribute to his late friend.
Diesel shared a photo of himself with Walker, who has starred alongside him in five Fast and Furious movies. The 55-year-old simply captioned the Instagram post: “Nine years… love and miss you.”
After the actor’s untimely death, the Furious 7 script changed and Brian decided to spend more time with his family. Walker’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, helped fill in for his late brother, whose face was added in CGI over theirs.
Now that Fast X is slated for release, fans are wondering if the character will return for the two-part grand finale. Fast and Furious fans will know that Brian is alive and well in the franchise’s universe and even made a cameo of sorts in F9.
As Dom and the crew were settling in at the end of the movie for a barbecue, Brian’s car pulled up to the driveway for food. Fans took this as a hint that Walker’s character will return in Fast X and/or the latest Fast and Furious 11 movie.
It’s certainly possible if Cody and Caleb want to help again, plus recent Star Wars shows with an aging Luke Skywalker proving that technology is getting better and further away from that uncanny valley.
Though there’s always the option that we get to see a younger Brian via a rumored time travel plot.
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Fast X is bringing back Dom’s 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, though it’s always possible this is just for memories. However, after rumors of the Fast and Furious franchise taking a car into outer space come true in F9, there’s certainly a chance they’ll introduce time travel and take the story back to the original 2001 movie.
Diesel was even once featured in an IGN April Fools video, teasing a fictional time travel movie called Fast to the Future. The footage saw Dom in the DeLorean from Back to the Future, so at least there’s no doubt in his mind.
Fast X hits theaters on May 19, 2023, and Fast and Furious 11 follows in February 2024.
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