Yikes. This trailer for Furious 7 is here and wow. It looks like two hours of adrenaline and tears. I don’t think I have to spell it out for you, but what we have here is plenty of ‘roided-up cars, explosions, chases, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell as a new villains and the “family”–Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. It’s also the film Paul Walker was nearly finished filming when he was killed in a horrific car crash during a charity event outside of Los Angeles. Paul Walker was only 40 years old when he died last November.
“The Furious 7 trailer opens up with one of the craziest stunts yet in any of the Fast & Furious films: The crew parachutes out of a plane in their vehicles, landing seamlessly on a highway in pursuit of a machine gun-toting truck with human cargo inside, which Paul Walker’s Brian O’ Conner is tasked with rescuing. As producers previously revealed, Walker’s character will gracefully bow out of the series rather than be killed off onscreen.”
A lot has been written about how difficult finishing this film was on everyone involved. The production was put on hold after the news of Paul’s death last December, and at one point the producers were unclear as to how–or if the film would be completed. Thankfully, it was determined to continue on and not re-write the entire script or scrap the film completely. Furious 7 was directed by Saw and The Conjuring filmmaker James Wan.
Judging by the trailer alone, I can see that this will be an energetic, thrilling and even lovely “goodbye” of sorts to Brian O’ Conner and to Paul Walker himself. Fuirous 7 will hit theaters and IMAX April 3, 2015.