One Last Ride: Poignant 'Furious 7' Poster Says Farewell to Paul Walker

Friday, 06 February 2015 08:51 Written by  iamrogue
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One Last Ride: Poignant 'Furious 7' Poster Says Farewell to Paul Walker

The latest Furious 7 trailer is all-out war on four wheels, but a new poster for the sequel is a different beast altogether, tugging on heartstrings rather than blowing stuff up.

From the start, the Fast & Furious franchise has been, at its heart, a Point Break-style hetero love story between two men: Dominic Toretto and Brian O'Conner.  Yes, Brian fell for Dom's sister Mia, but it's the bond he shared with Dom that led the undercover cop over to the other side of the law.

It's been fourteen years since Vin Diesel and Paul Walker first rode together, and with Walker's tragic death in November 2013, Furious 7 marks the last time they'll share the screen.  So while the sequel obviously contains all the quarter-mile-at-a-time spectacle that audiences demand from a Fast/Furious, it's also a tough goodbye to a popular character and a beloved actor we lost all too soon.

This poster acknowledges that, boiling it all down to Diesel and Walker together, respectfully declaring "One last time," a nice, subtle little tip of the hat to the sad truth underneath Furious 7.

Production on the film, which was originally scheduled to open last summer, shut down for months while director James Wan, screenwriter Chris Morgan, and Universal Pictures attempted to figure out how to finish the film without Walker.  Ultimately, they devised a plan that would allow them to respecfully "retire" O'Connor without simply killing the character off.  In order to accomplish that, Walker's brothers Caleb and Cody Walker participated in the back half of production.

Furious 7 opens on regular-sized and jumbo-sized IMAX screens this April 3rd.

Walker and Diesel are joined by a jam-packed ensemble that includes returning players Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky, and Lucas Black of Tokyo Drift

Jason Statham menaces the group as the villain introduced in the post-credits tag of Furious 6.  He has plenty of company from fellow newbies Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ronda Rousey, and the one and only Kurt Russell.

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