Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Paul Walker's sudden death left Fast and Furious fans wondering how the franchise's forthcoming seventh film would handle his absence. Universal said in a statement after his death that the studio halted production on the film, while its filmmakers met to discuss its completion without Walker.
Though there's still questions about whether Walker's death will be addressed in the film, costar Vin Diesel took to Facebook Sunday to announce a pushed-back premiere -- nearly a year from the movie's planned July 2014 opening.
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…
Fast and Furious 7 will be released…
April 10th 2015!
Diesel also shared a photo of his last scene with Walker.
"P.s. He'd want you to know first…" Diesel added.
Universal confirmed the news with a tweet and a statement.
Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of Fast and Furious 7, which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series, and Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel return as producers.