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Few actors have left as many posthumous projects behind upon their deaths as Paul Walker, who was in the midst of tackling a handful of projects before his horrific fatal car accident late last year. In addition to his unfinished work on the seventh Fast And Furious film, the actor was also meant to be taking the reins of video game spinoff Agent 47. He did complete one final full role before he died, however, as the lead in Brick Mansions, and it looks like that picture will be the last full performances we ever see from the prolific leading man.
Deadline reports that Brick Mansions, which had yet to select a release date, will now debut on April 25th. The thriller, which comes our way from Relativity Media, is a remake of the French action film District B-13, a parkour actioner set in the slums of France. The new version sets the mayhem in the middle of Detroit, as Walker’s undercover cop, Damien, must team up with a free-running rogue (David Belle, reprising his role from the original) in order to take down a vicious drug lord. Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri, who collaborated on the original's script for director Pierre Morel (Taken), have returned to pen the remake along with Besson’s frequent collaborator Robert Mark Kamen. Brick Mansions will be the directorial debut of Camille Delamare, an editor who has worked on previous Besson projects like Taken 2 and Columbiana.
Walker’s passing had represented a major marketing challenge for the studio, which had originally planned to release the film this month. Apparently, he had just finished some vocal looping work for the film three days before his passing. It’s estimated that he’s in 80% of the film, and with no major visible co-stars other than the RZA, it was Walker’s film to carry. Walker had eased up on major lead roles in the final years of his life, appearing in ensembles like the Fast And Furious films, Takers and Wayne Kramer’s Pawn Shop Chronicles, so this would have been his first major solo action lead since 2006’s Running Scared.
April 25th, right before the start of the summer movie season, finds Brick Mansions becoming the biggest attraction on a fairly loaded date. The Cameron Diaz and Elizabeth Banks comedies The Other Woman and Walk Of Shame both set to debut on the same day, while Lionsgate is putting out the PG-13 horror offering The Quiet Ones. A24 is most likely pursuing a limited release for the Tom Hardy vehicle Locke, meanwhile, and Radius-TWC will be debuting the superb festival hit Blue Ruin in a small number of theaters. This will also be a week after the highly-anticipated Transcendence and right before The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so Relativity must have some high hopes for a big opening weekend.