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Walker's Fast character to retire

Paul Walker was killed in a car accident on November 30: Photo © Walker's Fast character to retire Photo

Paul Walker's Fast And Furious character is to be retired rather than killed off following the actor's death in a car accident.

The late star played undercover cop Brian O'Connor in the action-packed franchise, and had not finished filming the seventh instalment when he was killed in the crash on November 30.

The future of the film had been unclear, with production being delayed and movie bosses considering possible plot changes as a result of Paul's unfinished performance, but according to The Hollywood Reporter they have now reached a decision.

The site said the plan is "to 'retire' the character in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the existing footage of Walker, who died about halfway through the Fast 7 shoot".

The script will be altered so that the actor will remain a part of the story but can be written out. The move paves the way for the franchise to continue.

Paul, who starred in five of the six Fast And Furious movies, was killed when the Porsche Carrera GT he was a passenger in smashed into a lamppost and tree and burst into flames. The actor's friend and financial adviser, Roger Rodas, who was driving, also died.

A coroner's report has said the car may have been going at 100mph or more before it crashed . The report also said no alcohol or drugs were detected in the system of either man on the day of the fiery one-car crash.

The seventh Fast And Furious movie, which also stars Vin Diesel, will premiere on April 10, 2015.

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