fast and furious 7 productionThe death of series star Paul Walker last year derailed production on "Fast and Furious 7." This week, filming finally resumed in the wake of that loss.

Director James Wan, who's taking the franchise's reins from Justin Lin, posted a photo on Instagram Monday announcing that the cast and crew had once again begun shooting the sequel.

"First day back filming," Wan wrote. "Better and stronger."

Production on "Fast 7" was abruptly halted after Walker died in a car crash in November, with studio Universal scrambling to figure out how to proceed on its signature franchise without one of its iconic leads. The studio eventually unveiled plans to use CGI and body doubles to replace Walker, though it's unclear how or if his death will be incorporated into the movie's plot.

"Fast and Furious 7" is scheduled to hit theaters on April 10, 2015.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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