Paul Walker stars in Fast & Furious 7 trailer: watch here

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The first trailer for Fast & Furious 7, starring the late Paul Walker, has been released.

The actor tragically died in a car crash almost a year ago, while filming was still ongoing for the latest instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise.

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With its original release date pushed back, movie buffs were finally able to catch a glimpse of the new blockbuster and the much-loved star in action on Saturday night.

 

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Paul Walker was tragically killed in a car accident last November


From its opening scene, the trailer sets hearts pounding as the cast are seen being parachuted out of a plane in their cars, ready to take on a new mission.

Reprising his role as detective Brian O'Conner, Paul appears halfway through the trailer, standing atop a racing car and getting ready to take down a villain.

"I'm gonna get you out of here," Paul is heard saying to a female hostage as he plays the ever heroic protagonist.

 

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The heart-pounding Fast & Furious 7 trailer opens with cars flying out of a plane


Following scenes from the two-minute heart-stopping trailer show the actor dangling off a bus on a cliff, as well as running aboard a crashing bus.

The trailer's finale features a poignant line from protagonist Vin Diesel, who plays fellow street racer Dom Toretto and was close friends with the late actor.

"Like it or not, you and your friends are a part of it now," a villain is heard threatening Vin in the clip.

"I don't got friends. I got family," says Vin, who has always affectionately referred to Paul as Pablo and called him his "brother".

 

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Paul Walker reprises the role of detective Brian O'Connor in Fast & Furious 7 


Days before the trailer was released by Universal, Vin paid tribute to his late friend and co-star. The 47-year-old hunk shared a photo of himself and Paul on Facebook, smiling out at the camera. "Surreal, profound and bittersweet...," he captioned it.

Vin has previously spoken about how "excited" he was to share the first trailer with fans, after having watched it back in September.

 

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Co-star Vin Diesel said he hoped the trailer would make Paul proud

 

"Universal came to visit, to show the trailer for FF7. Speechless… yeah, it was that INCREDIBLE!" he wrote on Facebook. "I must also say, that it was emotional and bittersweet. We all went above and beyond to make Pablo proud, but man, I wish he could see what we have created, and just how far we have come."

Fast & Furious 7 will show in UK cinemas in April 2015, after being postponed from July 2014. Paul's brothers Caleb and Cody were brought in as stand-ins, so the film could be completed.

 

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