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Fast & Furious 7 will be released April 10, 2015, star Vin Diesel announced Sunday night on Facebook.
Diesel wrote: “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 … ”
An informed source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Walker will appear in Fast & Furious 7, but further details were not immediately available.
The 40-year-old Walker, who was on Thanksgiving break from shooting Fast & Furious 7, was at a charity car show when he hopped into the passenger seat of a limited-edition red Porsche. His friend, Roger Rodas, 38, had been driving the car when it crashed on Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia. Both Walker and Rodas died in the crash. (Investigators have ruled out debris or mechanical failure as causes of the crash and are looking at speed alone.)
After two days of emergency meetings, Universal announced that the production of the seventh film would be put on hold so that the shocked and bereaved cast and crew could have time to mourn and the filmmakers could assess how the film would need to be changed.
Sources told THR that executives were trying to find a way to salvage footage already shot for Fast & Furious 7 instead of starting fresh. But experts say that either way, this tragic twist could lead to the largest insurance claim in Hollywood history.
Sources say writer Chris Morgan and director James Wan (who took over the franchise from Justin Lin) began crafting revisions to the script that Universal execs hope can retire Walker’s character from the series using scenes already shot.
The seventh installment in the series was to star Walker, Diesel and many of the other franchise regulars including Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson.
Walker, known for playing ex-cop Brian O’Conner in the car action franchise — sources say he made $8.5 million for Fast 6 and between $9 million and $13 million for Fast 7 plus backend — had also starred in Varsity Blues, Pleasantville and Hours, which opened in theaters in limited release this past weekend.
Kim Masters contributed to this report.
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