About 85 percent of Fast and Furious 7 was shot before Paul Walker’s death, friend and series co-star Tyrese Gibson said.
“Thank God close to 85 percent of the movie was shot with him in it. The fans are really going to feel like they’re still experiencing Paul Walker and Brian O’Conner in this franchise and make the best of it,” he told Yahoo.
The movie is set to resume filming in April.
After Walker’s death, the release date was pushed back from this year to April 10, 2015.
There were also discussions about whether to bring in one of Walker’s brothers, Cody Walker, to stand-in as Walker in several remaining crucial scenes, and time was needed to re-write the script.
Producers and writers also had to weigh whether to kill off O’Conner or have him “retire” in some way.
Gibson said that it’s tough to prepare to go back into filming without Walker.
“There’s really no way to prepare for it, you know. Crazy thing is, I pulled out a photo album last night, and I got all of these pictures from when we first did ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ over 10 years ago,” the actor revealed. “You would never ever think, one day he’s not going to be there anymore. … It’s going to be a little rough, but I think at the end of the day, Paul would want us all to keep going.”