The producers of Fast and Furious 7 have confirmed that filming of the new movie is complete, and that we’ll now see it premiere on April 3, 2015. The seventh installment of the hugely-popular Fast and the Furious franchise was originally scheduled to air today but the project was delayed following the death of lead actor Paul Walker in an unrelated crash last December.

To mark the end of filming, a letter addressed to all the fans was posted up on the official Fast and Furious 7 Facebook page. In the letter, produced in its entirety below, fellow lead star Vin Diesel and the rest of the Fast and the Furious team make mention of Caleb and Cody Walker, brothers of Paul Walker, who joined the team in honor of their late sibling and to help complete his work.

The new movie is expected to feature a mixture of body doubles and computer-generated images to ensure Paul Walker’s character, Brian O'Conner, is present where needed to complete the story. It’s also thought that the movie script was rewritten to include the retirement of O'Conner so that the franchise will be able to continue without the character.

We made it.

Today we completed the last shot in the production of FAST & FURIOUS 7.

We wanted to take this moment to express how thankful we are for your support. We felt the love and strength from our fans throughout this journey, and it’s because of you that we got here.

There was a time when we didn’t know how we could go on, or even if we should. But we listened to you, and you inspired us not only to keep going but to try and make the best FAST & FURIOUS movie yet.

Our FAST family has been together for almost fifteen years now and has grown a lot in that time. From the start, Vin has been our leader who feels what’s right for FAST in his gut and in his heart. When we had to stop production last year, Vin gathered us back together and moved us forward when we needed it most. He led us to this day.

Some of us have been here from the very beginning. Vin, Michelle, Jordana and our producer Neal all go back to that first little movie we shot on the streets of L.A. We came back to L.A. in FAST 7, and it was an especially emotional homecoming for those who’ve grown up with each other since that first shoot.

There are those we count as brothers who we gathered along the way and are with us again: Dwayne, Tyrese, Luda, Lucas and our writer, Chris. We’ve got some new additions this time in Jason, Kurt, Djimon, Nathalie and our director, James. Caleb and Cody joined us to honor their brother and help complete his work.

Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul.

All of us—those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first FAST film is 7—wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have.

Thank you for being there for us. You are the biggest part of our family, and we couldn’t have gotten here without you.

The countdown to April 3 begins.

With love,

Your FAST & FURIOUS Family


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