Fast & Furious 7 has resumed production in Abu Dhabi after the death of star Paul Walker in November. Walker’s death, which was as a result of a car accident at a charity event, led to Universal putting the film on hold and placed doubt on whether the film would be released at all. However a post by director James Wan confirmed that they were back filming, and – in Wan’s words – were “better and stronger.”
Reports surfaced last week insisting that Walker’s role will be dealt with via CGI and body doubles, though Universal are yet to comment. The film received a new release date due to the extensive work and delays as a result of Walker’s death, with Universal releasing the following statement back in December,
“Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of Fast and Furious 7, which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015,”
Fast & Furious 6 was a large success last year, grossing over $780 million and becoming the sixth largest grossing film of the year. The likes of UFC champion Ronda Rousey and renowned actor Jason Statham will join the star-studded cast for the upcoming sequel, with the latter taking a larger role than his cameo in the last instalment.