for Furious 7, the seventh installment in the long-running, box office-toppingFast & Furious series, has arrived, giving moviegoers their first look at some of the film's insane stunts as well as the final big screen appearance of actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in November 2013. Production was initially halted on the film following Walker's death, pushing its release date from summer 2014 to April 2015.
The Furious 7 trailer opens up with one of the craziest stunts yet in any of the Fast & Furiousfilms: The crew parachutes out of a plane in their vehicles, landing seamlessly on a highway in pursuit of a machine gun-toting truck with human cargo inside, which Paul Walker's Brian O' Conner is tasked with rescuing. As producers previously revealed, Walker's character will gracefully bow out of the series rather than be killed off onscreen.
The film itself picks up where Fast 6 left off: After finally returning home to America following years on the lam, Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto and his "family" are challenged by Jason Statham's Ian Shaw, the brother of Fast 6 antagonist Owen Shaw and the murderer of longtime Fast & Furious character Han in a post-credits scene in the last film. The rest of the gang, from Ludacris and Michelle Rodriguez to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, all return alongside new characters played by UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa and Kurt Russell in what seems like a villain role.
While Han, played by Sung Kang, won't appear in Furious 7, actor Lucas Black, who previously appeared as the lead in The Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, will return to the series. That's because Tokyo Drift, although the third film produced in the series, was actually the sixth film chronologically within the franchise's universe. Furious 7 realigns the timeline to present day. Furious 7 is also the first in the series to be directed by Sawand The Conjuring filmmaker James Wan.