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The effects of Paul Walker’s tragic death only two months ago are still being felt throughout Hollywood and especially within the team making Fast & the Furious 7. Walker was set to reprise his role as Brian O’Connor but with the actor’s sudden passing, the fate of the character still remains open-ended.
Fast & the Furious 7 costar, Kurt Russell, spoke at the Sundance Film Festival about the film’s production and his feelings about Walker’s death.
“It’s catastrophic,” he said. “It’s the worst thing that could happen to a movie, but it’s not as bad as what happened to Paul. So everything is in perspective. He was a terrific guy.”
Following Walker’s death, the film’s script was rewritten to include scenes the actor had already shot but the fate of Brian O’Connor has not been confirmed.
Perhaps alluding to earlier reports that the character would be retired rather than killed off in the movie, Russell said, “Whether or not this guy dies off in the movie, we don’t know. That may have changed now significantly too.”
Russell, who expects to return to filming later this year, has been cast as the “father figure” to Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto.
The latest installment in the car racing franchise is set to release on April 10, 2015.