Cody Walker, Paul's brother, lands first major role

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  • Cody Walker has first major movie role in forthcoming "USS Indianapolis"
  • Paul Walker's younger brother was stand-in for late sibling in "Furious 7"

(CNN)Cody Walker is now starring as himself.

The 27-year-old actor, who served as a stand-in for his late brother Paul Walker in "Furious 7," will be co-starring in the new Nicolas Cage movie, "USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage," Deadline reported.
It's Cody Walker's first major role. In "Furious 7," he was used as Paul's body double when the film resumed shooting after Paul Walker's untimely death in a car crash.
"USS Indianapolis" concerns the World War II ship that was torpedoed in the summer of 1945. About 300 men -- of about 1,200 crewmen -- died in the attack, and another 600 perished after the ship went down. Just 317 survived.
The real life event is the subject of a famous speech in the movie "Jaws," whose Capt. Quint is supposed to be a survivor.
Cody Walker plays a crewman. Cage plays the ship's captain, Charles Butler McVay.
The new film will be directed by Mario Van Peebles.