Vin Diesel ended speculation that the as yet unfinished movie Fast and Furious 7 would be disbanded since the actor playing one of its main characters, Paul Walker, was killed while a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT that crashed earlier this month. Diesel posted a message on his Facebook page that included a new release date for the movie: April 10, 2015.
Along with the confirmed date, Diesel posted the above image, which shows him and Walker during the last scene the duo 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…,” Diesel said in the post.
Following Walker’s death, the studio behind the movie, Universal, put the project on indefinite hold as it determined what steps to take next. The movie was originally scheduled for release in July of next year.
Scenes featuring Walker’s character, Brian O'Conner, hadn’t finished filming so the project had to be canceled or the script rewritten. Some have suggested Paul Walker’s brother Cody, who shares a slight resemblance with the late actor, could fill in for some scenes.
As for the crash that led to Walker’s death, investigators have determined that there was nothing mechanically wrong with the Carerra GT Walker was riding in and that speed may have been a factor. Driving the car was Walker’s friend and business partner Roger Rodas, who was also killed in the crash.