Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel has taken to his Facebook page to share the first shots from the upcoming Fast & Furious 7, and offer his thoughts on shooting the film without friend and co-star Paul Walker, who died suddenly last fall.
The film was put on hiatus after Walker's death, but resumed shooting using Walker's brothers as stand-ins.
Diesel had bittersweet thoughts to share in the new photos:
I must also say, that it was emotional and bittersweet... we all went above and beyond to make Pablo proud, but man, I wish he could see what we have created and just how far we have come.
Fast & Furious is a ridiculous, over-the-top racing/action series, but it has undeniable heart and an almost ridiculous level of earnestness. The saga is much like a high-octane soap opera.
Fast & Furious 7 is due out on April 3, 2015.