NEW YORK (December 23, 2013) Universal Pictures is delaying the release of "Fast & Furious 7" for almost a year after the death of star Paul Walker.
The studio announced Monday that the "Fast & Furious" sequel will be released in April 2015, instead of July.
Shooting on the film was about halfway finished when Walker, 40, died in a car crash outside of Los Angeles.
Walker will still appear in the film, though Universal has not said exactly how it will handle his unfinished performance.
Co-star Vin Diesel first posted the news on Facebook, telling his fans that, "He'd want you to know first."
The franchise has been one of Universal's most lucrative, grossing almost $2.4 billion worldwide since 2001.
The last film, "Fast & Furious 6," made $789 million.
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