THE MOVIE: Director Justin Lin is stepping down from his post for now and is passing the baton to Saw and Insidious filmmaker James Wan, who will supposedly put a “gritty, ’70s revenge thriller” vibe on the next installment. Here’s an official plot tidbit: After Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew helped take down Owen Shaw, his brother Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) now wants revenge.
In addition to Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, Fast and Furious 7 stars Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa and Djimon Hounsou.
Updates: First photo of Tony Jaa and Jason Statham on location for Fast and Furious 7. | The fun continues with another on-set photo of Tony Jaa and stunt coordinator Joel Kramer. | Photo of Tony Jaa and Dwayne Johnson. | Visit Film Combat Syndicate has a fight tease, featuring Michelle Rodriguez.
Following the news of Paul Walker’s death, Tony Jaa was one of the many stars, who Tweeted about his friend and co-star: “I am truly saddened over the sudden and unexpected passing of my friend and colleague Paul Walker. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family. I will not tell you about Paul the actor, I will simply tell you that he was a very caring and sincere person towards friends and family. There are a great many people who will miss him. I knew him a relatively short time, but I am better for the experience. Go in peace my friend, you will not be forgotten. TJ”
In honor of Paul Walker, Universal will donate some of the proceeds from the upcoming Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray & DVD release to Walker’s charity Reach Out WorldWide. As far as the future of Fast & Furious 7, there has been some talk about scrapping the current storyline and moving the plot into a completely new direction.
THR reports that Chris Morgan, Fast & Furious 7′s screenwriter, is revising the script that could make use of scenes that were shot before Walker’s death. If the plan works, production may resume by late January. | Visit Film Combat Syndicate to see a photo of one of the last scenes Walker filmed with Diesel.
THR (via Collider) reports that Walker’s character Brian O’Conner will not be killed off in Fast & Furious 7, but will instead be retired “in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the exciting footage of Walker.”
According to an official statement from F7′s Facebook page, Paul Walker’s real life brothers will step in as doubles for the late actor: “We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.” | There are several reports that Cody Walker may be joining future installments of Fast and Furious as Brian O’Connor’s (Paul Walker) younger brother.
BREAKING NEWS: Fast and Furious 7 has a new release date set for April 3, 2015 (formerly April 10, 2015).
Cityonfire.com is hoping you can take a minute to check out www.FrankandBeanz.com, a doggie apparel website that has just released their Fast & the Furrious clothing line. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Paul Walker’s charity, Reach Out World Wide (ROWW).