Fast and Furious 7 is in the can! Director James Wan has shot his last scene of Fast and Furious 7, a production that has seen extreme difficulty with the tragic death of Paul Walker. The filming halted for months while they re-wrote the story and brought in Walker’s brothers to finish the shooting months after his passing.
The “Fast and Furious family” released a statement announcing the end of production and it is both touching and hopeful. The film hits theaters April 3, 2015, and to celebrate the conclusion of principal photography, they also released a still of star Vin Diesel in character, looking quite somber we might add.
“Today we completed the last shot in the production of Fast and 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,” the statement read.
“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 and Furious movie yet.”
The statement went on to talk about how the family of Fast and Furious has grown tighter over the years. “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,” the statement continued.
“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 LA. We came back to LA in Fast 7, and it was an especially emotional homecoming for those who’ve grown up with each other since that first shoot.”
It went on to thank more of those who have recently joined the world. “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,” filmmakers said.
Then, they addressed the loss. “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.”
Check out where we left off and watch Fast and Furious 6 online.