Paul Walker's tragic death in the Porsche Carrera GT crash that also claimed the life of his friend and driver of the car, Roger Rodas, has sparked a media frenzy and huge interest from the public. When that occurs, we all know what comes next: some websites will do whatever it takes to link their name with top Google search results (remember this post?).
Being aware of that, we tend to take any rumors linked to Paul Walker and the currently frozen Fast and Furious 7 movie with plenty of grains of salt, so we're extremely skeptical about a report suggesting that Justin Bieber, the 19-year old Canadian singer, would have a role in the film.
A number of sites are saying that the current rumor seems to have originated from a one Jacob Joseph from Carbuzz, who wrote: "The idea proposed is to put none other than Justin Bieber in the movie. Whether the idea is to actually replace Walker with Bieber playing the same character, or if some other idea is being worked out".
And where did Mr. Joseph hear about that? Well, he writes: "One solution has been offered, but you might not like it." No mention whatsoever of who proposed or where the author heard/read about this "solution"…
At this point, I should note that the Bieber-Fast&Furious 7 rumor in general is not new, as the singer was linked to the film back in the summer, well before Walker's accident. In fact, there's even a fake movie trailer with Bieber scenes (see below).
I'll be clear with my words: the idea that Bieber will replace Walker in the movie is pure BS – there's no way in hell that Universal Pictures or even Bieber himself would accept to substitute a freshly deceased star in an upcoming movie. Even if someone was just outright stupid and/or insensitive enough to think about it, can you imagine the public backlash? Common sense people, common sense…
As for taking a role in the film, sure, it could happen, but as of now, filming of F&F 7 has been officially postponed at least until January, and Universal is actually looking into whether the film is salvageable.
In a piece released today, Hollywoodreporter, which you know, has a...better reputation when it comes to Hollywood movies, made no mention about Bieber. What it did say is that, according to sources from within Universal, there's great uncertainty about the movie and that right now, writer Chris Morgan is "at work crafting revisions to the script that Universal execs hope can retire Walker's character from the series using scenes already shot" as a fitting tribute to the star.
The same source said that there is support from fans for completing the movie adding, "What will drive everything is, is there an honorable and sensible way to do this? There's not really a road map for the situation" referring to incorporating Walker's death in the movie.
By John Halas