Universal has revealed plans surrounding “Fast & Furious 7,” including confirming that the movie’s release date will be pushed to April 10, 2015 — the date disclosed Sunday by star Vin Diesel on his Facebook account, Deadline.com reports. The film was originally slated to be released in summer 2014.
“The studio has also given a sense that the late Paul Walker’s character will remain part of the movie, an outcome that was among the wildly speculative reporting that followed his tragic death in a car crash,” the story notes.
The studio says the sequel will be “continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed," adding that "Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of ‘Fast & Furious 7’ …”
The film was postponed after Walker died over Thanksgiving weekend, the story notes.
The studio “took an appropriate amount of time to give their cast a chance to grieve their very popular cast mate, and creatively come up with a way of continuing a storyline that was halfway done and has to be completed by writing around a main character that hadn’t finished his narrative arc,” the Deadline report notes.