updated 12/23/2013 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/23/2013 AT 7:10 AM ET
“He’d want you to know first,” Diesel said about letting fans know the movie’s release date.
As for the Facebook photo, Diesel said it was “[t]he last scene we filmed together There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared the magic captured and, in just how far we’ve come.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, after Walker’s death changes were made to the movie’s script, to retire him from the series using scenes that he had already filmed.
The trade paper also said he had been paid between $9 million and $13 million upfront for playing ex-cop Brian O’Conner in this latest installment of the car-action franchise.