After the tragic death of Paul Walker in 2013, and the way Furious 7 made us sob our eyes out over him in 2015, the actor's legacy was still going to be carried on. Not just in our memories, but in the form of Walker's younger brother, Cody Walker, who not only filled in as a body double for him in the flick, but has also expressed a desire to go into a film career like his brother had. That was the last solid fact we heard about that ... until now. According to Deadline, Cody Walker will star in an action film led by Nicholas Cage, called U.S.S. Indianapolis, and he couldn't have landed a better first project if he'd been thrown in alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger or Tom Cruise. (OK, maybe if he'd been thrown in alongside Liam Neeson ... but still.)
Deadline reports that the film, directed by Mario Van Peebles, features "Captain Charles McVay (Cage), the commander who struggled to keep his men alive after their boat–on a secret mission to deliver parts of the atom bomb Little Boy that was dropped on Hiroshima–was hit by a torpedo and sank in 12 minutes. Most of its men were eaten by sharks as they waited four days for rescue. Of the 1196 on the boat, only 317 survived. The tale was told memorably in Jaws." Walker might not be carrying the entire film by himself, but this is his first significant role since filling in for Paul, and this is his chance to show off his individual acting talent. I'm already excited on that basis alone.
The up-and-coming actor seems excited as well, having already posted multiple photos from the set on his Instagram. It seems like the best way to keep up with how his progress on the film is going is to follow his account, because he's posted everything from interview shots to selfies with the cast to selfies with his casting director. His excitement is contagious, and I'm already sure he's going to do a great job in the film. After all, phenomenal acting is in his blood, and people will probably file into the theaters to give Cody a chance to prove himself a box office draw on the strength of his last name alone.
Whether his role in this film is a small one or a bigger one than we're expecting, this could open a lot of doors for the 27-year-old, even more so than Furious 7 did. It will be interesting to see how well he rises to the occasion. Check out more set images below.
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