Filming concludes on troubled set of ‘Fast & Furious 7’

Shoot majorly affected by death of Paul Walker in 2013

Filming on the set of Fast & Furious 7 has finished after a shoot majorly affected by the death of lead actor Paul Walker.

Lead actor Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in the franchise, was killed in a car crash last year (November 30). Immediately after his death there was speculation about the plans for the next film in the series and the project was placed on “indefinite hiatus”.

However, it was later confirmed that filming would continue on the film using a mixture of CGI technology and body doubles at record-breaking expense to insurers.

A statement published online today (July 11) by James Wan sees the director pay tribute to everyone who helped the film continue following the tragic death of Walker in 2013.

“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,” Wan writes.

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 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.

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 honour 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.

Paul Walker’s brother, Caleb Walker, will be used for his body size and mannerisms, with Paul’s other brother, Cody, also involved alongside the acting performance of an as yet unnamed actor. Unused material starring Walker from the previous two Fast & Furious films will also be used. Peter Jackson’s Weta is tackling the effects work using three cameras.

Fast & Furious 7 will open in the UK on 10 April 2015.