Following the tragic loss of Fast & Furious 7 star Paul Walker, Universal Pictures was forced to delay the action-packed sequel, shifting the release date from July 11, 2014 to April 10, 2015 in December. Production has been suspended, with the studio revealing last month that they plan on using the footage Paul Walker already shot, giving the actor's Brian O'Connor character a proper send-off. In a recent interview, Kurt Russell said that production will likely resume in April.
"I've been told April, maybe May, maybe Dubai, maybe Atlanta, maybe LA."
When the actor first joined the cast, it was speculated that he will only have a brief appearance in Fast & Furious 7, which sets up an expanded role in the inevitable Fast & Furious 8. When asked if he plans on returning for Fast & Furious 8, the actor had this to say.
"That's going to be interesting. Because the character has been purposely been treated in a certain way so that he can or can't. The 'can' will be an interesting stretch. It works, because I understand what it is and we came up with it. It's like, 'Oh, wow! That's cool!' If he doesn't, then he doesn't. If he gets killed, he gets killed. That will be for them to determine. I just wanted to be able to work with them making the best possible character to either be sad he doesn't move on or say, 'Yeah, I want this character to move on -- we need this character to move on.' That sort of thing. I don't know what the situation, with Paul dying, does to that. I don't know."
"He's really more connected to Vin's character. The character that I play is presented as one thing, but you have a big suspicion that he's another. Vin's character is -- it's really the family around Vin that's going to be suspecting 'Why is he involved with this guy?' It was always going to be Vin's character who he was a father figure to -- but he's either a good one or a bad one."
The actor was also rumored in 2012 to join the cast of The Expendables 3, although he never signed on. When asked about the appeal of starring in Fast & Furious 7, as opposed to The Expendables 3, the actor had this to say.
"Yeah. I mean, I'm glad Sly's done well with this. He's a great person. The fellas all seem to have a good time. I've never seen any of them. It's not a beat I get. It's like looking backwards to me. There's something about Fast & Furious. It has that mystery to me -- and it's for a funny audience, you know? It's for a 15 to... 30? I think now you can take that from 15 to 45, and I think that's what's interesting about that. I like the way Vin talks about it -- it's a saga. It's not a series, it's a saga. I think that Paul dying is a part of that saga."
"He was a great guy. He was a terrific person. How can you not like that guy? Everything about him was cool. Yeah, and he was just coming into a part of his life I think where he was beginning to say, 'Well, I've kinda got my life going great. What is it artistically I wanna do? Now I'm comfortable to say, Let me tear it apart and find out. Let me tear this engine apart and find out what's there.' Boom. Lights out. Terrible. Life! Life..."
We'll keep you posted as soon as we have more updates about when Fast & Furious 7 will begin shooting as soon as we have more information.