Vin Diesel says on Instagram the late Paul Walker has given him 'purpose and resolve.'

Next year’s release of The Fate of the Furious will mark the first film in the Fast & Furious series since 2006’s Tokyo Drift not to feature Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013. For costar Vin Diesel, his late friend is never far from mind.

Diesel paid tribute to Walker in an Instagram post Tuesday, sharing a photo of the pair at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards, where they won the prize for best on-screen team for their work in the original Fast and the Furious movie.

Reflecting on the “arduous road to production” and “challenging task” of shooting the blockbuster franchise’s latest installment,Diesel wrote, “you Pablo have given me strength… purpose and resolve. I promised you we would make something you would be proud of and I pray that we have… miss you.”

He concluded with a familiar refrain: “Family above everything!”

See Diesel’s post below.

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