Tyrese and Vin Diesel Open Up About Going Back to 'Fast & Furious 7' Set After Paul Walker’s Death
Now, the remaining cast is headed back to work after shooting was halted, but it’s with a heavy heart.
"This is the only movie I ever worked on where we are all real close even after the movie is over," Walker’ best friend Tyrese told TooFab. "It wasn't just losing a costar, he was family for real. That's why it took so long to recover."
After months of grieving and reflecting, the set and the stars won’t ever be the same without Walker, he admits.
"Hopefully no one else is hurt during filming," Tyrese added.
"God's grace is all we have. 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."
Vin Diesel also revealed the seventh installment's greater purpose than box office gold: "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.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walker's on-screen persona, Brian O'Conner, will not be killed off, but rather the character will "retire" in a way that will please fans of the series using existing footage of the 40-year-old star, whose mother Cheryl, has asked the court this week for guardian over her son's 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.
Fast & Furious 7 is slated for released in April 2015.