After a very long production schedule that was delayed at the midway point by the untimely passing of franchise star Paul Walker, director James Wan, the cast and the crew have finally wrapped production on Fast & Furious 7. To say thank you, the whole creative team has issued a heartfelt message to fans, debuting a new photo of Vin Diesel with it. These kind words pay tribute to fallen cast member Paul Walker while also praising those loyal audience members who have stayed with the shoot throughout its tumultuous run.

Check out the photo, and then read what the Fast & Furious family has to say as the countdown to April 3 begins!

Fast & <strong><em>Furious 7</em></strong> Vin Diesel photo

We made it.

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Today we completed the last shot in the production of Fast & Furious 7.

We wanted to take this moment to express how thankful we are for your support. We felt the love and strength from our fans throughout this journey, and it's because of you that we got here.

There was a time when we didn't know how we could go on, or even if we should. But we listened to you, and you inspired us not only to keep going but to try and make the best Fast & Furious movie yet.

Our Fast family has been together for almost fifteen years now and has grown a lot in that time. From the start, Vin has been our leader who feels what's right for Fast in his gut and in his heart. When we had to stop production last year, Vin gathered us back together and moved us forward when we needed it most. He led us to this day.

Some of us have been here from the very beginning. Vin, Michelle, Jordana and our producer Neal all go back to that first little movie we shot on the streets of LA. We came back to LA in Fast 7, and it was an especially emotional homecoming for those who've grown up with each other since that first shoot.

There are those we count as brothers who we gathered along the way and are with us again: Dwayne, Djimon, Luda, Lucas and our writer, Chris. We've got some new additions this time in Jason, Kurt, Nathalie and our director, James Wan. Caleb and Cody joined us to honor their brother and help complete his work.

Our family is big and strong but it won't ever quite be whole again without Paul.

All of us -- those who've been here from the start and those whose first Fast film is 7 -- wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have.

Thank you for being there for us. You are the biggest part of our family, and we couldn't have gotten here without you.

The countdown to April 3 begins.

With love,

Your Fast & Furious Family

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B. Alan Orange