Production for Fast & Furious 7 was shut down early December, when one of the franchise’s stars, Paul Walker, lost his life in a horrific car crash.
Work on the film has since resumed, though it hasn’t been easy for the film’s stars, who didn’t just lose a colleague—they lost a member of their family.
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One of those stars, Paul’s close friend Tyrese—who plays Roman in the franchise—opened up about how “none” of the cast members are the same person they were four months ago and how they will muster their spirits and honor Paul before filming starts.
“This is the only movie I ever worked on where we are all real close even after the movie is over,” he told TooFab. “It wasn’t just losing a costar, he was family for real. That’s why it took so long to recover.”
While Paul’s death isn’t something they’ll ever truly “recover” from, the show must go on. Tyrese revealed how the cast will be able to power through and come together without Paul.
“God’s grace is all we have,” he said. “Before we start filming we are going to have a strong prayer. That will be the start, before we film anything. That’s what is needed for us to do Fast & Furious 7.”
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Paul and Tyrese’s costar, Vin Diesel, recently opened up about how difficult it is to return to the set.
“The transition into that Dom state of mind has always been an interesting one… only this time there is added purpose, a collective goal to make this the best one in the series,” he wrote on Facebook. “The long awaited completion of Seven begins…”
As of now, it’s unclear how Universal plans to handle the storyline for Paul’s character, Brian O’Connor, though, according to reports, there are no intentions of “killing him off.”
Other reports have emerged with plans to have his younger brother, Cody, step in, while most recent claims insist his face and voice will be recreated using CGI.
Fast & Furious 7 is set to hit theaters April 2015.