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Fast & Furious 9: Vin Diesel Shares Photo Hinting at Brian's Return

Brian O'Connell may be rejoining his "family" in some capacity for Fast & Furious 9.

The character, played by Paul Walker, was the protagonist of several films in the fan-favorite franchise. However, Walker's death in 2013 made Universal Pictures change course. After a brief production delay, 2015's Furious 7 seemingly wrote off the character, as Brian retired from the team to settle into a family life with his partner Mia and son Jack. Brian's final appearance saw him drive alongside Vin Diesel's Dom Toretto as a montage of moments from previous films played, backed by the hit song "See You Again," which was written in honor of his death.

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Diesel's Instagram, though, indicates Brian may not be completely out of the game just yet. He posted a photo on August 25, which shows the backs of him and Paul's brother Cody Walker. "There is something special that happens every time Cody comes to visit production," he wrote. "Always making Pablo proud! All love, always."

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Walker's appearance on set is noteworthy. After his brother's death left scenes unfinished in Furious 7, Cody and his brother Caleb filled in. Post-production then digitally changed the stand-ins to resemble Paul, making sure fans got their final farewell to him via computer graphics.

While Cody's appearance may have just been an opportunity to drop in on the people his brother spent years with, it could indicate a Brian cameo in Fast & Furious 9. Though the character is retired, Jordana Brewster -- who plays Mia -- is still credited in the upcoming film, meaning their family could still play a prominent role. With reports of new characters played by John Cena, Michael Rooker and Finn Cole, it may be a good opportunity to give audiences a dose of the old.

Fast & Furious 9 will be helmed by Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth entries in the Fast & Furious franchise.  Fast & Furious 9 is slated for a May 22, 2020 release.

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