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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson wraps up 'Fast and Furious 7'

July 4, 2014

By Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

July 04--Filming for the movie "Fast and Furious 7" is finally wrapping up, after being delayed for several months following the death of one of its stars.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a graduate of Bethlehem'sFreedom High School, tweeted Tuesday that he was done filming all his scenes for the Universal film.

Production had been suspended in November when co-star Paul Walker was killed as a passenger in a car crash not connected to filming. A Los Angeles County Coroner report said that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT had been traveling at more than 100 mph when the driver lost control.

There was speculation initially that the movie would never be finished but producers said Walker's brothers would stand in for him as body doubles. They said Walker had shot the dramatic and action scenes for the film, and brothers Caleb and Cody would fill in small gaps in the production.

Walker portrays undercover federal agent Brian O'Conner. Johnson is reprising his role as CIA agent Luke Hobbs in the seventh edition of the hit franchise. His character also appeared in "Fast Five" (which generated $626 million worldwide at the box office) and "Fast and Furious 6" ($789 million).

"My last day of FAST & FURIOUS," Johnson tweeted. "I'm truly touched by the farewell love my film crew has shown me.

"It's been an honor to work with such an incredibly hard working and brilliant crew. (a crew who's had to practice great restraint daily on this production). They may not be household names, but they'll ALWAYS be stars in my book. With great love and respect to all of you ... see ya down the yellow brick."

"Fast and Furious 7" director James Wan tweeted a photo of himself with Johnson and wrote, "Picture-wrap on @TheRock! One of the best peeps I've ever worked with. Laughter & professionalism! Let's do it again!"

The film is supposed to finish all production this month and is set for an April 3, 2015, release.

Meanwhile, Johnson is gearing up for the release of "Hercules" on July 25. The $110 million MGM-Paramount Pictures movie, based on official trailers, will be action-packed and full of terrifying beasts from Greek mythology.

Forbes magazine crowned Johnson the champion at the box office for 2013. With the movies "Fast & Furious 6," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Pain & Gain" and "Snitch," Johnson's movies last year grossed $1.3 billion worldwide, according to Forbes.



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