Paul Walker’s sudden and tragic death left a lot of speculation as to whether or not the long and unending Fast & Furious movie franchise could or even should carry on without him. If a recent rumored replacement for Walker’s role was true, the answer would have been an unequivocal “no.” It seems that a rumor started going around that pop singer and future Supercuts spokesperson Justin Bieber was in talks with Universal Studios to take over Walker’s role for Fast & Furious 7, according to Film Drunk.
The car website CarBuzz.com took the rumor rather seriously and caused a bit of an uproar on the Internet, which is quite impressive since the Internet can find reasons to get worked up over cat videos and delicious pictures of Transformers made out of gingerbread. Fortunately, the rumor was quashed just as quickly and that loud buzzing in our ears caused by our collective nervous panic subsided to a calm hum again.
It’s really bizarre how a rumor like this could get started. We already knew from previous reports that Walker was in the middle of shooting for the seventh movie and the studio was working on using his remaining scenes to construct a story that would give his character a proper send-off. Plus, such an idea feels more than a little disrespectful to Walker’s family and the legacy he left on the series, not to mention the uprising that the fans would create. Most importantly, letting Bieber take over any major Hollywood role would rip a giant hole in the sky and cause the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to descend upon the Earth and begin their eternity of harvesting unworthy souls and that can’t be good for ticket sales.