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Hollywood scrambles after Paul Walker's death

LOS ANGELES — The death of actor Paul Walker in an automobile accident Saturday has left fans and the film community reeling — and Hollywood facing a series of tricky business decisions.

As filmmakers and fellow performers remembered him as a deeply likable everyman with a taste for adventure, principals on the late actor's signature "Fast & Furious" franchise were left to deal with Walker's tragic passing on the screen.

Walker's death in a single-car crash in Santa Clarita, Calif., came as he was preparing to resume production on "Fast & Furious 7," with a return to the Atlanta set scheduled for Monday to shoot more scenes as rogue ex-cop Brian O'Conner.

Earlier in the fall, Walker had shot an unspecified number of scenes for the car-themed action picture, which this go-round centers on a vengeful rivalry between racing crews.

With Walker's death, director James Wan, lead producer Neal Moritz and executives at Universal Pictures have a decision to make on the film, set for release July 11.


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