01/03/2014 06:04 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Paul Walker's Character Will Be Retired In 'Fast 7'


Paul Walker's "Fast and Furious" character, Brian O'Conner, won't be killed off for "Fast and Furious 7." According to THR, the plan is to "retire" O'Conner and give the character a proper send off in the wake of Walker's tragic death on Nov. 30.

Per THR, director James Wan will use existing footage of Walker, who died in a car crash, while screenwriter Chris Morgan will add additional scenes to the film's script to patch O'Conner's exit over. After Walker's death, Universal delayed production on "Fast and Furious 7," which up to that point had featured Walker in a major role.

“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended 'Fast & Furious' family of cast, crew and filmmakers," a representative for Universal said in a statement on Dec. 4. "At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on 'Fast & Furious 7' for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise."

On Dec. 22, 2013, star Vin Diesel announced the new release date for "Fast and Furious 7" via his Facebook page. The film had originally been set for a July 11 release, but Universal will now push the feature to April 10, 2015.

For more on "Fast and Furious 7," head to THR.

[via THR]



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