‘Fast & Furious 7’ to be released in April 2015

Updated 10:38 PM EST, Sun December 22, 2013

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The film had been scheduled for a July 2014 release

Production was put on hold after Paul Walker's death

Walker, 40, was killed in a car crash last month

"P.s. He'd want you to know first...," writes Vin Diesel

CNN —  

Delayed, but a go.

That’s what “Fast & Furious” actor Vin Diesel told fans Sunday night about the franchise’s seventh installment.

He posted a message and photograph on Facebook that showed the last scene he and Paul Walker filmed together.

“There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come…,” Diesel wrote, announcing a new release date for the film – April 10, 2015.

“P.s. He’d want you to know first…,” he said.

The movie had been scheduled for a July 2014 release, but production was put on hold following Walker’s sudden death.

Walker, 40, and the rest of the “Fast & Furious” cast were on a short break for Thanksgiving when he stepped into a red 2005 Porsche Carerra GT for a short ride around a Santa Clarita, California, business park.

Investigators believe the car, driven by Walker’s friend, was speeding when it clipped a light pole and was engulfed in flames, killing both men.

Walker’s ex-cop character, Brian O’Conner, was central to five of the first six “Fast & Furious” stories, and his death left the future of the next film in doubt.

Millions of dollars are at stake, considering the franchise has sold $2.6 billion in tickets around the world since 2001.

CNN’s Alan Duke contributed to this report.