This week, fans of the Fast & Furious films are thrilled to know that the seventh installment of the franchise, Fast & Furious 7, has an official release date.
Vin Diesel took to Facebook to announce that the highly anticipated sequel will hit theaters on April 10, much earlier than the Summer 2015 release date previously reported.
In a statement released by Universal Pictures, the film will hit theaters April 10, 2015 and will fully feature Paul Walker as officer Brian. They announced in a statement,
“Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of FAST & FURIOUS 7, which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015.”
Universal Pictures made the announcement just a few days after Diesel confirmed the films release date on Facebook and posted the above photo of him and Walker filming what would be their last scene together before the actor’s death. Diesel wrote:
“[It was] the last scene we filmed together … There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared … the magic captured … and, in just how far we’ve come.”
While many are celebrating the chance to see Walker on the big screen one last time, others are petitioning to have a street named in memory of the star.
According to TMZ, a group of fans are trying to re-name the street that Walker died on to ‘Walker Rodas Memorial Parkway.’ But residents of the Santa Clarita, CA area want no part of it. Many of them claim that Walker has done nothing for their community and doesn’t deserve to have a street named after him.
Although the residents reject the idea, the petition to re-name the street has garnered over 2,000 signatures. But according to Santa Clarita councilman TimBen Boydston, the street can only be renamed if the community supports that decision. So as of now, there is no definite answer on whether or not the street will be renamed.
Meanwhile, folks like Ellen DeGeneres are keeping Walker’s legacy alive in a different way. The talk show host labeled the death of the late actor ‘heartbreaking’ and showed various clips of him appearing on her show. She went on to announce that on behalf of JC Penney, she’d be donating $10,000 to Walker’s foundation Reach Out Worldwide.
Despite Paul Walker’s death, it’s obvious that his legacy will continue to live on.