Paul Walker’s Brother Cody Walker Starring in Nicolas Cage’s ‘USS Indianapolis’

Paul Walker brother USS Indianapolis
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Paul Walker’s brother, Cody Walker, is starring alongside Nicolas Cage in the World War II movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.”

This marks the first major role for Cody Walker, who replaced his late brother in “Furious 7” after he was killed in a 2013 car crash. Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter and Brian Presley round out the cast.

Mario Van Peebles is directing from a script by Cam Cannon and Hannibal Classics principal Richard Rionda Del Castro. Producers are Rionda Del Castro and Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures, who are also financing “Men of Courage.”

Saban Films acquired U.S. rights during Cannes. The film has not yet been scheduled for release.

Ness Saban and Saban Films president Bill Bromiley will exec produce, along with Patricia Eberle, Timothy Patrick Cavanaugh, Dama Claire, Jamal Hanan and Mariusz Lukomski.

Cage is playing the role of Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bombs. Their mission was classified, so the Indianapolis was not reported missing until four days later.

Cody Walker is playing one of the crewmen. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship, while the rest faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks as they waited for assistance.

Only 317 sailors survived, and McVay was court-martialed, then exonerated more than half a century later.

Cody Walker is represented by Paradigm and Luber Roklin.

The news was first reported by Deadline.

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  1. p51d007 says:

    I bet until the 70’s movie Jaws, most people never heard of the U.S.S. Indianapolis. I was 14 at the time and already knew of it. (avid WW2 buff, even in my 50’s. Guys in my shop will say what plane did such & such, or where was such and such battle? I’m like a walking encyclopedia.). I hope they don’t “hollywood” up this story, but, do justice to the surviors and those that did not make it.

  2. Alexi says:

    Cant wait to see the movie.

  3. My uncle, Artie R. Miller, GM2 was among those less fortunate who died while serving aboard the USS Indy. Gone, but never forgotten. God bless the men of the USS Indianapolis!

  4. Steven Burgas says:

    The Sabans? Nic Cage? Mario van Peebles?

    One of the great stories from WWI is being entrusted to these tasteless, talentless, smooth-brained wastes-of-flesh?


  5. Daniel says:

    How can anyone possibly sympathized with this story and incident?

    Making deliveries for a device of mass murder? Only to force the Japanese to open trade with the US?

    Only good thing is that McVay killed himself after years of mental health issues. Guilt, I would hope.

    A better story would be and is of the collective design superimposing the city plan of Manhattan over Tinian island. The US making solitary Japan ´like us´. And then, the subsequent and eventual departure of the infamous bombers from the Northfield.

    I hope a lot of North Americans give some thought to the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing next month.

    As Little Boy said to the Empire, colossal self-interest does not go unpunished. Ever.

    • Hi Daniel-How can you make such callus comments? My uncle, Artie R. Miller, GM2 died while serving our country aboard the USS Indianapolis. The sailors aboard the ship didn’t know about the secret mission that they were carrying out. 879 American men died because of this tragedy-and you make snide comments? I would’ve loved for you to have shared your opinion with my grandmother when she found out her son was probably eaten alive by sharks! Remember the old saying, ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’? Well, it applies here.

    • D Herring says:

      Daniel, I can’t believe Japan has suffered in the whole trade deal. ender is correct, more people would have suffered and died. I’m with JR and ender, you go watch your little cartoon. I’ll be more than willing to go see this movie.

    • D Herring says:

      I take it you’re not from the US or North America. If you do live anywhere near North America, please consider taking your idiotic view somewhere else. I guess Pearl Harbor, the rape of Nan King and many other atrocities committed by the Japanese in the 30s and 40s. Have you ever heard anything about the Bataan Death March? You are a clueless idiot.

    • JR says:

      McVay was a scapegoat for the Navy to cover up their mistakes.
      It’s believed that he committed suicide, in 1968, after the death of his wife.
      In 2000, he was exonerated by Congressional resolution for the loss of the USS Indianapolis. The resolution was also signed by President Bill Clinton. All of this came about because of a 12 year old boy’s school project over fifty years after the ISS Indianapolis was sunk.

      You go make your “better story” movie, Daniel. I’ll go see this one instead.

    • the US made the nuke to stop further bloodshed. if you are calling Hiroshima mass murder, perhaps you should do some history, the tokyo bombings were worse.

      The US didnt do it for trade, they did it to end a war that would have gotten worse for everyone involved. we would have lost more people, and they would have lost even more than us.

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