Kurt Russell is no stranger to Fast & Furious-type movies (remember Stuntman Mike in Death Proof?), so he seemed like a great fit when the seventh instalment was announced last summer. Vin Diesel was the first to share the news, posting a photo on Facebook, with Fast 7 director James Wan tweeting: “Directing a living legend today. #KurtRussell”
Walker himself weighed in on the casting in an interview with MTV in November. “He plays the cool guy that we’ve never had looking out for us in the past,” Walker said. “Kind of like the father figure.
“It’s cool having Kurt… I really like having him around.”
Turns out the feeling was mutual, with Russell talking affectionately about his late co-star in an interview with EW. “That was a terrific guy,” he said. “I just met him on the [movie] and I was just very struck by how similar our lives are and how we looked at life. All the things he did outside of acting that he really enjoyed were similar to the things that I like to do. He was a hell of a good guy.”
While filmmakers grapple with how to continue Fast 7 in the wake of Walker’s death, Russell offered up some details on when we can expect shooting to resume. “We were talking about [my character] possibly going into a future episode as a sort of father-figure to Vin and Paul’s character — or possibly die in Fast and Furious 7. The character was created to go either way, and it will be interesting to see what they do now, if there’s any change in that. I don’t know if there will be. But obviously, they’re working hard on doing what they have to do to try to make that thing work. I think they’re going to gear up again in February or March, so we’ll see.”
Last week, Universal announced that Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, will not be killed off in the film. The plan is to “retire” the character in a way that the series can continue on without him.
In a Facebook post today, Diesel wrote: “Tomorrow we meet with the studio, regarding the future of the Fast saga… and the completion of Seven.”
Fast & Furious 7 will be released April 10, 2015.