As promised, the first trailer for Furious 7 debuted over the weekend and the next installment has somehow managed to up the ante for insane car stunts with just the first sequence of footage that appears in the preview.
The trailer kicks off with a look at the old crew back in action — and in this case, that action involves a fleet of cars parachuting out of an airplane in order to stage a rescue of an unidentified girl being transported in an armored bus equipped with side-mounted machine guns. And as anyone familiar with the Fast & Furious will tell you, that’s probably just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the film’s crazy set pieces.
As one might expect, the trailer — and likely the entire film — is packed with reverent nods to deceased franchise star Paul Walker, who was digitally added to significant portions of the movie after his death in November 2013 using a mix of various body doubles (which included his brothers) and digital editing. At one point in the trailer, Walker’s franchise co-star Vin Diesel refers to the team’s upcoming adventure as “one last ride” as the camera focuses on Walker.
The upcoming film is the first to unfold after the events of the 2006 sequel The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which had been the last chapter in the franchise’s continuity up to this point. The conclusion of 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 led directly into the events of Tokyo Drift, and Furious 7 picks up directly after that film, with Dominick (Diesel), Brian (Walker), and the rest of their remaining crew out to avenge the death of one of their own.
Directed by James Wan, Furious 7 hits theaters April 3, 2015.