Insiders have speculated that Fast and Furious 7 could still go ahead, with the uncompleted film released in tribute to it’s lead star Paul Walker, who died in a tragic accident on Saturday.
The Fast and Furious actor died yesterday afternoon in a car crash in Los Angeles after a Porsche driven by his friend struck a lamp post, causing it to burst into a fireball.
Paul and his co-stars were mid-way through filming the seventh installment in the hugely popular Fast and Furious franchise, with the team starting production back in September. Shooting hasn’t wrapped yet though for the movie scheduled to be released next July, leading many fans to speculate on the future of the movie.
An insider has suggested that production will continue though, with the movie released in honour of Walker:
“Many people within the production haven’t even heard the tragic news because of the holidays, but its almost positive that the movie will still move forward in his honor,” a source close to the film’s cast told HollywoodLife.com. ”Once people get back to work on Monday, many meetings will be happening.”
Paul Walker was mid-way through filming Fast and Furious 7 with his co-stars before he died (WENN)
Another of Walker’s films, Hours, is due for release this month, The thriller tells the story of a desperate father struggling to keep his infant daughter alive in the midst of Hurricane Katrina. The drama is due to hit US cinemas on December 13 but it’s unclear if the release will still go ahead as planned.
While there’s no official word on the future of Fast and Furious in this early stage after Walker’s death, the actor’s co-stars have been leading tributes today.
Completely heartbroken by Paul’s death, his Fast and Furious co-star Vin Diesel posted a photo of himself and the late actor on Instagram in the hours after the news broke, expressing his sadness.
“Brother I will miss you very much,” the 46-year-old actor wrote, adding: “I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”
Tyrese Gibson, who also starred in many of the Fast and Furious films, wrote a touching message on his Facebook page to his former co-star, admitting that he was struggling to come to terms with the news.
“My heart is hurting so bad,” he wrote. “No one can make me believe this is real. Father God I pray that you send clarity over this cause I just don’t understand. My heart hurts it’s broken no one can convince me that this is real…. Prayer warriors please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter and family… #HeartOfAnAngel13YrsFamilyForever.”