The original plan was to release Fast & Furious 7 just one year after 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 to continue building on the momentum the franchise has gained since 2009’s Fast & Furious. That proved to be impossible following the death of Paul Walker in a car accident while en route to a charity event. Production was halted and the film rewritten in order to retire Walker’s character of Brian O’Conner with his brothers stepping in as stand ins for some scenes.
The film follows the events of Fast & Furious 6 where the gang were hired by law enforcement officials to take down Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). In this film his brother played by Jason Statham is out to get revenge. The final scene in the previous movie saw the Stathe killing Han (Sung Kang) in Tokyo, tying the film in with the events of the franchise’s third film – The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift. At the end of that movie, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) showed up in Tokyo to talk to Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) who returns to the series for the first time since 2006.
James Wan takes on the directorial reigns for the first time in the franchise following in the footsteps of Justin Lin who has directed the last four movies. Dwayne Johnson, Jordanna Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Kurt Russell also star.
Furious 7 is released 3 April 2015