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"Fast & Furious 7" trailer out; Vin Diesel salutes Paul Walker's "timeless performance"

"Fast & Furious" franchise star Vin Diesel said everyone associated with the project wanted to honor the memory of the late Paul Walker. The finished product, he said, stands as a tribute to the cast member who died at age 40 in a Los Angeles car wreck in November 2013.

This promotional image for “Fast & Furious 7″ shows the late Paul Walker with his co-stars.

"Our objective was to make Paul Walker proud," Diesel posted on his Facebook page. "After watching 'Furious 7,' and his timeless performance... we realized that it was Paul, who has made all of us... so very proud."

Here's the trailer:

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The movie filmed largely in Atlanta. You'll recognize spots including downtown and Oakland Cemetery. During his time here Walker was nice enough to pose for some nice photos with fans including this one.

The tight-knit movie cast and crew were despondent when Walker died, and work on the movie paused while filmmakers decided how to move forward.

I am so beyond heartbroken right now," director James Wan said shortly after Walker's death. "I can't process anything."

Ultimately Walker's brothers Caleb and Cody  helped complete the film. Diesel was especially warm in welcoming the Walker brothers to the "Fast" family:

"When I heard the news, I left the production, grabbed a plane and took my family and Michelle back to LA... drove directly to his parent's house," Diesel posted at the time. "(Walker's) father said, Paul loved you Vin... I awkwardly and nervously said, aw come on... then he said... you don't have to get along every second to love each other... so true. P.S. After spending time with his biological brothers, I must say to the parents, you raised some great kids."

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