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It has been an emotional roller coaster of a day on social media for Fast & Furious fans. First, Vin Diesel shares a photographic tease for a Race Wars scene in Fast and Furious 7, which will be a callback to a pivotal scene in the initial The Fast and the Furious. Then, he posts the above Facebook post, which is a love letter to fans on the day that they appear to have finally wrapped production.
Get tissues, Fast fans, because this one’s going to bring all of the feels.
Vin Diesel and the Fast & Furious "Family" thank the fans for "the love and strength … throughout this journey," explaining that "it’s because of you that we got here." The letter explains:
There was a time when we didn’t know how we could go on, or even if we should. But we listened to you, and you inspired us not only to keep going but to try and make the best FAST & FURIOUS movie yet.
Our FAST family has been together for almost fifteen years now and has grown a lot in that time. From the start, Vin has been our leader who feels what’s right for FAST in his gut and in his heart. When we had to stop production last year, Vin gathered us back together and moved us forward when we needed it most. He led us to this day.
Some of us have been here from the very beginning. Vin, Michelle, Jordana and our producer Neal all go back to that first little movie we shot on the streets of LA. We came back to LA in FAST 7, and it was an especially emotional homecoming for those who’ve grown up with each other since that first shoot.
There are those we count as brothers who we gathered along the way and are with us again: Dwayne, Tyrese, Luda, Lucas and our writer, Chris. We’ve got some new additions this time in Jason, Kurt, Djimon, Nathalie and our director, James. Caleb and Cody joined us to honor their brother and help complete his work.
Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul. All of us -- those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first FAST film is 7 -- wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have.
Click the image above to read the rest of the letter. It solidifies the idea that James Wan’s Fast and Furious 7 will be as much a tribute to Paul Walker and the character he created for the franchise as it will be a standalone sequel. And if I had to bet, I think it’s the last one that they do. Vin Diesel has expressed how difficult it was to complete this movie after Paul Walker’s death. And I know that there were plans for an eighth and ninth movie, but that was back when everyone was flying high. I get the impression plans might have changed.
For now, filming on Fast and Furious 7 has wrapped. Post-production begins. And the movie reaches theaters on April 3, 2015.
For a complete update on everything we know about Fast & Furious 7, click here.