New ‘Fast & Furious 7’ release date revealed

Film will now open in cinemas on April 10, 2015

The new release date for Fast & Furious 7 has been revealed.

Actor Paul Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in the franchise, was killed in a car crash last month (November 30). Since his death, there has been speculation about the plans for the next film in the series and the project was placed on “indefinite hiatus”.

Now, a spokesperson for Universal Pictures has confirmed that the film will open in cinemas on April 10, 2015, which is nine months after the scheduled date. They said: “Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7, which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series, and Neal H Moritz and Vin Diesel return as producers.”

Walker’s co-star Vin Diesel also confirmed the news via Facebook, and shared a photo of the last scene he had shared with the actor. He wrote: “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.”

Walker starred in all but one of the Fast & Furious film series, with the sixth installment coming in May of this year. Speaking after his death, Universal Pictures released a statement which read: “All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”