By Andy Sambidge
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez set to arrive in the UAE capital next month to restart production following death of Paul Walker
The Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) and Universal Pictures on Wednesday confirmed that filming for Fast & Furious 7 will take place in the UAE capital in April.
Fast & Furious 7 is the latest major Hollywood production to be filmed in Abu Dhabi, attracted by the ADFC's production incentive, which offers a 30 percent rebate on a qualifying spend in Abu Dhabi.
Filming initially commenced in November when a visual effects crew captured helicopter shots, stunt footage and a variety of visual effects scenes at some of Abu Dhabi's most iconic landmarks but was stopped when Paul Walker, one of the movie's stars, tragically died in a car crash in Los Angeles.
In April, actor/producer Vin Diesel, as well as actors Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, will arrive in Abu Dhabi to continue filming with Abu Dhabi's twofour54 intaj serving as the UAE producer of the film.
Noura Al Kaabi, chief executive, twofour54, said: "We look forward to welcoming the stars and crew of Fast & Furious 7 in April. This is a great opportunity to not only generate international exposure for Abu Dhabi, but to also provide young Emiratis with work experience, which could help them to become the region's future filmmakers."
Fast & Furious 7 is scheduled for release in April 2015. The latest instalment in the franchise is the follow up to Fast and Furious 6, which was released in May 2013.
The film made $789m (£482m) at the global box office and Universal Pictures have said they will donate proceeds from the upcoming DVD release to Walker's charity, Reach Out Worldwide.
The Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) is part of twofour54, the commercial arm of the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi.
It was established in 2009 with a mandate to support the development of Abu Dhabi's rapidly growing film & television industry, and to promote the emirate as a location for production and filming.