Paul Walker's brothers to finish Fast and Furious 7
17 April 2014, 08:37
Los Angeles - Late Fast and Furious star Paul Walker's brothers will stand in for him to complete the seventh movie in the blockbuster franchise, after the actor's death, filmmakers said on Tuesday.
Walker had completed much of his part in filming Fast and Furious 7 before he died in November aged 40, in a high-speed car crash in California.
His brothers Caleb and Cody will replace him to finish shooting for the film, due out next year. Walker played Brian O'Conner, an undercover federal agent.
This statement was released on the film's Facebook page.
In January, coroners said the car carrying Walker and his friend Roger Rodas was doing over 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour when it crashed in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, where they had attended a charity event.
Rodas was driving at the time.
The first Fast and Furious
movie appeared in 2001. The series, with its focus on fast cars, tough guys, sexy starlets and exotic locales, is one of Hollywood's most successful global franchises.
After Walker's death, studio giant Universal suspended filming, before delaying the release date for the film, originally scheduled for this summer.
The film is now due to be released on April 10, 2015 in the United States. "We are just under a year away from the release of Fast and Furious 7
, and this film is the most important we've ever done together," said the filmmakers.
"It will allow the character of Brian O'Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role."