It hasn’t been confirmed by Universal, but entertainment reporter Daniel Richtman tweeted earlier in the month after seeing the casting grid for the film. He said he had ‘big news’, and that he wasn’t sure how he felt about it.
It's been long enough. They are bringing back Paul Walker's character, Brian, to FF9. https://t.co/320dprmC1S
— Daniel Richtman (@DanielRPK) November 14, 2019
It’s been unconfirmed, but there are also whispers that Paul’s character will be involved in flashbacks of Vin Diesel’s character, Dominic Toretto. A remake of O’Connor’s original Supra will also be making a comeback but on the new A80 chassis.
Paul Walker was in all but one Fast and Furious films since the beginning of the franchise in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, where he played undercover cop, Brian O’Connor. Tokyo Drift saw the original characters split up until 2009’s Fast & Furious where all of the original characters eventually joined forces.
Paul was tragically killed in 2013 at the age of 40 in a car accident alongside his good friend Roger Rodas while in the passenger’s seat of a Porsche Carrera GT. Because of this, Furious 7 had to undergo a major rewrite and featured CGI to add Paul into certain clips using his brothers Cody and Caleb as stand-ins.