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Following the tragic death of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker back in November, the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 was forced to be put on hold. At the time, the film was only halfway through filming, with a release date slated for July 11th, 2014. After the passing of Walker, however, the film was not cancelled, but instead pushed back to an April 10th, 2015 release.
It was announced soon after Walker’s death that the film would indeed include the scenes Walker had already filmed, rather than recasting or starting from scratch. Fast 7 plans to retire Walker’s character Brian O’Connor, a respectable call by the studios, instead of killing the character off so soon.
Now, THR has confirmed that Fast 7 will resume production in April, leaving an entire year before the film is set to hit theaters. The remaining shooting time should last six to eight weeks, which will leave a solid 10 months for post-production to wrap things up.
The cast and crew will be called back to Atlanta, where filming was going to take place back in November. Paul Walker was tragically killed in a car accident in Valencia, California on November 30th.
Written by Josh Sazin on 3/2/14, with a link to THR