‘Fast & Furious 7′ Is Coming Sooner Than We Thought

Latest installment in racing franchise will hit theaters April 3, 2015.

“Fast and Furious 7″ is coming at us even, well, faster than we thought.

Universal announced Wednesday (July 2) that the latest installment in the racing franchise will hit theaters on April 3, 2015, a week earlier than it was originally slated to premiere.

The film, directed by James Wan, was slated for a summer 2014 release until the tragic death of star Paul Walker last November. In April, the studio announced that Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, would be filling his shoes.

“Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film. We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too,” Universal announced in April. “Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.”

The film also stars returning cast members Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black, along with first-timers Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.