After the sudden, tragic death of Paul Walker late last month, "Fast and Furious" fans have something to smile about this week.
Star of the action film franchise Vin Diesel confirmed on his official Facebook page on Sunday night that the seventh film in the series, "Fast and Furious 7," will be released despite the death of its star, Paul Walker. Diesel, 46, announced the film's new release date in a somber way by giving fans an inside look at the last film he shot with the late movie star.
"The last scene we filmed together …" Diesel posted alongside an image of him with Walker, adding, "There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared … in the film we were now completing … the magic captured … and, in just how far we've come."
Later in the post, Diesel confirmed that the film, despite being incomplete at the time of Walker's death, will be released in theaters after weeks of speculation that it might be put on the chopping block. "Fast and Furious 7 will be released … April 10th 2015!" confirmed Diesel, adding, "P.s. He'd want you to know first …"
Since the new release date was announced, Diesel, who has more than 58.4 million "friends" on his Facebook page, has already received almost 1 million "likes" for posting the film update.
Despite news of the film's new release date (pushed back from its former premiere date of July 11, 2014) there has yet to be any confirmation as to how the studio will film Walker's yet-to-be completed scenes for the film. According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, movie executives have reached out to Walker's look-alike brother, Cody Walker, to film the late actor's remaining action sequences.
On Nov. 30, Walker died at the age of 40 after suffering a combination of traumatic and thermal injuries when the Porsche he was a passenger in struck a tree. According to multiple reports, the actor died in the crash with his longtime friend Roger Rodas, in Santa Clarita, Calif. The actor is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow Walker.