Fast & Furious delay after Walker death

Published Monday, 02 December 2013
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Production has been delayed on the seventh film in the Fast And Furious franchise, in the wake of the tragic death of its star Paul Walker.

Fast & Furious delay after Walker death
Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, who was killed in a crash in LA at the weekend. (© Getty)

The 40-year-old actor, perhaps best known for his role as Brian O'Connor in the action films, was killed alongside his friend, financial advisor and former racing driver Roger Rodas in a car crash near Los Angeles over the weekend.

It is understood there had been plans to shoot scenes for the unfinished film on Monday, but those have now been cancelled following talks between director James Wan and bosses at Universal.

Much of the movie is said to have been shot, but Paul Walker and his co-stars were due to take part in filming in Atlanta this week and then in Abu Dhabi early next year.

According to sources, work on the project will be delayed to allow the team time to grieve.

It has not yet been decided if the storylines will be altered, or if the scheduled July release date will be changed.

Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were killed when the Porsche they were travelling in, after they left a fundraiser, hit a lamppost and burst into flames.

It is understood that the driver's eight-year-old son witnessed the crash, while the actor's 15-year-old daughter saw its aftermath.

Meadow Walker later posted a moving tribute to her dad on Facebook.

"When I was little, he taught me to walk, taught me to smile, and taught me never to give up," she said.

"I loved him even before I knew what love was. He was my hero, my REAL life hero! He will always be in my heart! It brings tears in my eyes as I write this!"

Paul Walker's Fast And Furious co-stars were also among those who expressed their shock and sadness online.

Vin Diesel said: "Brother, I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new angel."

Tyrese Gibson, who broke down in tears when he visited the crash site, said: "My heart is hurting so bad, no one can make me believe this is real ... Please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter, and family ... My God ... I can't believe I'm writing this."

Jordana Brewster added: "Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone."

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