Cody Walker is going to try his luck in Hollywood after filling in for his late brother Paul Walker in “Furious 7.” The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the youngest Walker sibling had signed to Paradigm with the help of his brother's manager, Matt Luber. Earlier reports said Cody was shopping around for agents ahead of last week’s “Furious 7” premiere.
The 26-year-old former paramedic had no acting experience before filling in for his brother in the latest installment of the "Fast and Furious" franchise, which was unfinished when Paul was killed in an auto accident. In an interview with People, Cody admitted finishing the film was difficult. “It’s bittersweet, but I think Paul would be proud,” he said. Cody and his brother Caleb pitched in to help complete “Furious 7.” Cody formerly worked on Paul Walker’s charity, Reach Out WorldWide, which sends first responders like paramedics to disaster areas.
The latest sequel in “The Fast and the Furious” series broke Easter weekend records both at home and abroad with an astounding $384 million global take. “Furious 7” scored a franchise best opening weekend with $147 million in domestic ticket sales.
Director James Wan recently revealed that the ending of the movie was altered to give Walker’s character a fitting end. With Cody and Caleb, and a little CGI help, Wan was able to complete the film and make the new ending a tribute to Walker’s character.
Work will continue on with the “Fast and Furious 8” sequel, which is slated to take place in New York City. Since Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, was given a proper ending in the movie, perhaps it’s safe to say Cody Walker will not return to the series.