Fans had started lining up outside the SXSW, hours before Furious 7 was scheduled to start. The audience went ballistic as they saw their hero on screen.
The loudest cheers were when the first time Paul Walker appeared on screen for about five minute into the film, driving a van to pick up his son from school and during a climatic action sequence that was set in Abu Dhabi.
Paul Walker died in a car accident in 2013 at the age of forty. His scenes in Furious 7 were completed using CGI effects and his brothers as a body double.
“We obviously lost a dear friend, brother, comrade while we were making this movie. He was the best guy I met in my world, in my life. We were determined to honor his legacy and our love for him forever. I’m so proud of what we’ve done and I know Paul Walker would be smiling down on us.” stated producer Neal Moritz to a leading tabloid.
Apparently Neal Moritz requested the crowd not to reveal what happens to Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, at the end of the film.
The film includes a touching montage tribute to the late actor at the end, which left many teary eyed.
Furious 7 was a last minute addition to the programming at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas this weekend.
James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black.
They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. The film is written by Chris Morgan.
Furious 7 will be released in theaters on April 03, 2015.
James Wan’s surprise screen of Furious 7 at SXSW was an emotional affair with a tribute to Paul Walker as a packed crowd broke into spontaneous applau...3.0