Fast & Furious 7 to be released in April 2015

Paul Walker's untimely death in a fiery car crash on November 30th had put the filming of 'Fast & Furious 7' - that was in mid-production - on on hold for an unspecified period of time.

Universal Studios had released a statement on December 4th following Walker’s unexpected and tragic death saying that they were halting production pending ‘options’.

“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 options available were to find a way to salvage the footage already shot or make the costly decision to re-shoot the entire movie.

The latest movie in the popular franchise had originally been slotted to open July 11 2014, however fans of Fast & Furious can now rest assured that the film will be released, but in 2015, and that Walker’s character Brian O’Conner will still be in it.

It was Vin Diesel who posted a photo of himself with the late Paul Walker on his Facebook fan page on Sunday evening who revealed the new release date.

Diesel’s Facebook post read: The last scene we filmed together… 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…

Fast and Furious 7 will be released… April 10th 2015!

P.s. He'd want you to know first…"

Diesel’s announcement prompted Universal to release the following statement:

“Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of FAST & FURIOUS 7, which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series, and Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel return as producers.”

At the moment it is unknown how Walker’s character will be written out, while there are rumors that Cody Walker, Paul’s brother, could replace Paul in the scenes that still need to be shot.

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