Paul Walker's character is returning in 'Fast & Furious 9'

Paul Walker's character is returning in 'Fast & Furious 9'

The character of Brian O'Conner, played by deceased actor Paul Walker up until his death, is allegedly returning to the 'Fast & Furious' franchise.

Walker died back in 2013, before finishing the filming of the seventh installment of the car-chase and heist movies. Using CGI and his brothers Cody and Caleb Walker, the production of the movie was able to be completed on schedule.

The character was given a send-off in F&F 7 and was allowed to retire with his family peacefully. However, now sources close to the film's casting department have revealed that they're currently on the lookout for a Paul Walker double.

The rumors of Brian's return broke on social media after Vin Diesel posted a video on Instagram alongside Michelle Rodriguez on set at a race track that looks a lot like Irwindale Speedway. In the video Diesel states: "You die-hards will know where we are. You day ones will know where we are."

Check out the trailer for the documentary movie 'I Am Paul Walker' in the video below: 

Furthermore, Hollywood blogger Danny Richtman recently took to Twitter to write: "Just got a new casting grid for something and with it some big news that are sure to be controversial. Not sure how I feel about it myself but we'll see [sic]" - which seems to hint at Walker's character's return.

It could be that the next movie revisits a past incident in the lives of Dom Toretto and Brian O'Conner, which was alluded to in the first movie, after where Toretto talks about how his father crashed his car on the track.

Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013, at approximately 3.30 pm after leaving an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Walker's vehicle crashed at high speed into a lamppost on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, and burst into flames.

Fast and Furious 9 is due to be released on 22 May 2020.