‘Fast & Furious 7’ Scheduled For April 2015 Release
After being delayed due to the death of franchise star Paul Walker, Fast & Furious 7 has been scheduled for release in April 2015.
Vin Diesel posted a picture of the last scene he and Walker filmed together on Facebook Sunday night, accompanied by the message, “There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come…” Diesel then wrote that the film will be released on April 10, 2015.
“P.s. He’d want you to know first…,” Diesel added.
Fast & Furious 7 was originally scheduled for July 2014, but production was put on hold after Paul Walker’s death on November 30.
“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise,” the studio said.
Walker had shot roughly half of his scenes before his death, leaving Universal to decide what to do with his character, Brian O’Connor. Initially, producers thought they would have to start from the beginning, but it was soon reported that Walker’s younger brother, Cody, had been approached to take over. Although there was a 15-year age difference between the two, Cody Walker — who has worked as a stuntman — is a near look-alike of his brother.
Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed in a car crash in Santa Clarita, California, last month. The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that Rodas was driving burst into flames after hitting a light pole. Both men died at the scene. Fans, as well as Walker’s Fast & Furious 7 co-stars, gathered at the scene in the days following the crash to mourn the star. Officials ruled out mechanical problems as a factor, leaving law enforcement to look at “speed and speed alone” as the cause of the crash.