‘Fast & Furious 7’ Resumes Production After Paul Walker’s Death

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“Fast & Furious 7” has resumed shooting in Abu Dhabi after halting production in December following star Paul Walker’s tragic death.

Director James Wan posted an Instagram photo from set on Monday captioned, “First day back filming. Better and stronger.”

Production on the latest installment of Universal’s most profitable film franchise was delayed after Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in every film in the series except for “Tokyo Drift,” died in a car crash on Nov. 30 in Valencia, Calif. while on Thanksgiving break from filming.

Universal suggested back in December after setting a new release date for “Fast 7” that Walker would appear in the upcoming pic. “Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of ‘Fast and Furious 7,’ which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015,” the studio said in a statement.

Screenwriter Chris Morgan has drastically altered the script, but it remains unclear how Walker’s death will be addressed. After initial speculation that the character will be “retired” or killed off, the New York Daily News reported last week that remaining scenes featuring Walker will be completed using body doubles and CGI faces. Universal declined to comment.

The street racing pic, which was supposed to be released on July 11, will hit theaters on April 10, 2015.

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  1. TXC says:

    It’s good I like Paul Walker

  2. ThaSecondSkylineGTR_R34Driver says:

    it would have been had a same fate with Terminator : Salvation where Arnold Schwanezer got CGI-faced in that case…

    i thought that news just created by some bored troll but i realized that he is dead ;( ;(

    R.I.P. Paul Walker a.k.a. Brian O’ Conner/Jerry Shepard

  3. Lee says:

    Sounds like you know the cast and crew personally Bo, as Paul himself quoted everyone has an opinion!

  4. Sam says:

    Better???? Well that’s insulting.

    • Bo says:

      You do realize that “better and stronger” is not meaning that they are better and stronger without Paul or that the movie is better and stronger – it’s ridiculous how people like you take one tweet out of context, as if somehow you know more about what is insulting or not to Paul than the people who actually knew him and he cared about – what James tweeted about better and stronger is the emotional state of cast and crew returning to filming – they were all dealt such a heavy blow after losing Paul, they needed time to grieve and to heal and to come back feeling better and stronger to carry on in Paul’s honor – that’s what better and stronger means – this cast and crew needed time to regroup, to find their footing again, and to be strong enough to step back to the set again – that’s what better and stronger is all about

  5. nelson says:

    He is and will be the best i will miss him i only watch his moves beucase he is in ti

  6. Jodie says:

    I was a bit shocked with the better and stronger comment, this or anything else will not ever be better without Paul. I just thank Jesus everyday that we were all able to experience someone like Paul he truly was a very precious gift from the Lord. I would like to thank his parents too, for without them there would not of been Paul God Bless Them xxxxxxxxx

    • Bo says:

      Okay, seriously, I don’t get why people keep taking James’ tweet out of context – he is not and never has said that this will be better without Paul – he is talking about the emotional state of the cast and crew – this is their first day back since they lost Paul, you don’t think that’s hard for them? That better and stronger means they are feeling better than before, feeling stronger than before, strong enough to keep moving forward for Paul, strong enough to finish what he started – that’s what better and stronger means, not that things are better without Paul – I wish people would stop ragging on him for one short tweet that implied nothing other than what overtly sensitive people who somehow think they have any right to judge seem to think he is saying

  7. Chelsea says:

    Just as long as they do his character right in this movie, I have a good feeling about the CGI face work so I have high hope for this film. But I still will miss Paul.

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