Cast were due to resume filming today (December 2)
Production on Fast & Furious 7 has been delayed following the death of actor Paul Walker.
Walker, who was killed in a car accident in Northern California over the weekend (November 31), had been working on the latest installment of the popular franchise and was due to return for filming with the rest of the cast in Atlanta today (December 1). According to The Wrap, director James Wan and executives from Universal have been in discussions about the future of the project, as they consider the possibility of rewriting the script, whether the film’s release date will need to be changed and how they can proceed in a manner which is respectful to Walker’s death.
The Wrap also says that filming for today has been cancelled to give the cast and crew time to grieve. Although a large part of the film has already been shot, the cast were scheduled to travel to Abu Dhabi in January to work on additional scenes.
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 deaath, 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.”
His co-star Vin Diesel posted this image below on instagram earlier as way of tribute, writing: “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”
Paul Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.