WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for “The Fate of the Furious,” in theaters now.
One surprising development in “The Fate of the Furious” involved the redemption of Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, who served as the antagonist of “Fast 7” after killing fan favorite Han Seoul-Oh in the mid-credits scene of “Fast & Furious 6.” Of course, that sequence actually took place during the events of 2006’s “Tokyo Drift.” And you thought comic book continuity was confusing …
In the franchise’s blockbuster eighth installment, now in theaters, Shaw is recruited alongside Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs to help the crew take down Charlize Theron’s cyberhacking Cipher, which positions Shaw for a leading role as a hero in subsequent films. But how could Dom, Letty and the rest fight alongside Han’s killer? Series star Vin Diesel, who has pulled double-duty as a producer on the series since 2009’s “Fast & Furious,” answered this very question.
“You can only imagine how many creative hours went into even continuing Han’s character up until 2013,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “We all love Han.”
The star has been known to resurrect deceased characters, such as Dom’s girlfriend Letty in “Fast & Furious 6,” so a Han revival isn’t out of the realm of possibility. “I have a lot of power,” Diesel said with a smile. “I don’t have all the power.”
Statham joined in with the tease, stating, “that whole episode [Han’s death] has not fully detailed exactly what happened. I’m not going to say anything more than that! But [writer-producer Chris Morgan] likes to annoy the fans and please the fans and get all these angry protests. So, more to come.”
Speaking of Chris Morgan, the series screenwriter/producer had this to say about #JusticeForHan: “Justice for Han … justice for Han,” repeating the words over and over again. “I think you’ll learn a lot more about it, and I don’t know if that hashtag will be the appropriate one to put on it down the road. But I can tell you this: We will definitely be talking more about Han.”
If Han does return, it will be quite the feat, as Morgan clarified that Han did indeed perish. “He did die,” Morgan said apologetically.
Morgan was recently asked if the often-mourned Han would ever make a return to the franchise.
“Now, that’s funny because I’ve actually been thinking about that a lot,” Morgan said. “So it’s interesting that you and I are on the same wavelength there. But I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out. I love Sung — he’s one of my favorite people on the planet.”
In theaters now, “The Fate of the Furious” is directed by F. Gary Gray and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.