Fast and Furious fans are going to wish they were at SXSW festival. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Furious 7 will make its world debut at the festival as part of the festival’s midnight screening.
Ahead of Universal Studios confirming the news to Hollywood Reporter, festival organizers sent out a sly tweet that had people buzzing about the surprise screening. Of course, many got the reference to Furious 7.
Just added for all #SXSW badges: surprise screening of a huge film, 7 mins after midnight tonight @ Paramount. Gotta be FAST to get a seat.
— SXSW (@sxsw) March 15, 2015
Fans acted appropriately to the news.
— Will Goss (@williambgoss) March 15, 2015
@sxsw WOW! We didn’t see that one coming. How exciting for everyone who gets to watch it.
— JStatham.com Team (@JStathamCom) March 15, 2015
Now that it’s been announced that Furious 7 will make its debut at midnight, fans are reacting to the news.
I wish I had a sxsw if only so I could’ve gone to the Community panel and go to the secret midnight premiere of Furious 7
— Ace (@AceAceAceAce21) March 15, 2015
The only part of me that’s a little jealous about FURIOUS 7 at #SXSW is the part that really just wants to see Kurt Russell in a new movie.
— Brett Gallman (@brettgallman) March 15, 2015
This is on the heels of Universal launching its international trailer in Korea.
As the Inquisitr reported, production was put on a long hiatus after the sudden passing of its star, Paul Walker. Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He was 40 years old at the time. With the help of Walker’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, production resumed, and the two acted as stand-ins for their brother, Paul. It’s said that their bodies were used as doubles for far away shots, and for stand ins for CGI effects that would superimpose Walker’s face. Paul had filmed only some of Furious 7 at the time of his death. All throughout the promotional campaign, Walker has been a huge presence in trailers and as a topic of conversation in interviews with the franchise’s fellow stars.
Fortunately, Walker’s character, Brian, will receive a happy send off in this installment, which will honor Walker. As the Inquisitr reported, the plot is as follows.
“The death of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) at the end of Fast & Furious 6 has his brother Ian (Jason Statham) going on a revenge spree to take down the man who killed him, resulting in the death of Han (Sung Kang) in Tokyo Drift. This death might occur in the middle of Tokyo’s own version of race wars, bringing the series back to its roots for a few minutes.”
Are you excited to see Furious 7?
[Image via Universal]