Fast & Furious 7 UAE shoot to start in April after Paul Walker tragedy

Media zone twofour54 confirms shoot will go ahead next month following death of star in car crash

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Filming of the blockbuster Fast & Furious 7 will commence in Abu Dhabi in April, the emirate’s media zone says, after production was halted after the death in November of star Paul Walker.

The Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) and Universal Pictures confirmed this week that the shoot would go ahead, according to a statement from media zone twofour54.

“We look forward to welcoming the stars and crew of Fast & Furious 7 in April. This is a great opportunity to not only generate international exposure for Abu Dhabi, but to also provide young Emiratis with work experience, which could help them to become the region's future filmmakers,” said Noura al-Kaabi, chief executive of twofour54, in a statement.

Abu Dhabi offers foreign studios a 30 percent rebate on the cost of producing a movie in the emirate, in a bid to bolster its fledgling film business.

Fast & Furious 7 is scheduled for release in April 2015. The production as a whole will resume on March 31 in Atlanta in the U.S., E! News reported.

The movie came to a halt late last year after Paul Walker was killed in a car crash.

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