After the crew finishes messing with magnets and has reclaimed Tej (Chris Bridges) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) from space, Dom (Vin Diesel) hosts a barbecue to honor their success. After praying a short prayer, Dom indicates that one of their crew is missing, and gestures to an empty seat back to Brian, the character once portrayed by the late Paul Walker.
The emotional weight of the situation aside, filming this sequence proved challenging due to the difficulty of getting the movie stars together. Talking to Hollywood Reporter, Jordana Brewster, who plays Mia in “F9”, revealed that instead of shooting the scene in Los Angeles, as was once planned, scheduling challenges instead forced it to be filmed in London.
Admission to the UK came with its own set of challenges. Explained Brewster. “There would be a few hours where it was sunny and we would run and shoot and we would wait a lot of hours and it would start raining and we could not,” she said. In addition, the actress admitted that much of the scene was “shot piecemeal.”
Actors arrived at different times and then the footage was edited together. Brewster even shot a scene with director Justin Lin’s driver as a stand-in for an inaccessible actor on at least one occasion. Luckily, it all came together, and the film ends with a shot of Brian’s legendary blue Skyline GT-R pulling up at the grill. Fans will just have to wait until the next chapter in the “Fast and Furious” saga comes to learn what that means.