One of the biggest fan-favorite characters in the Fast & Furious franchise is Han Seoul-Oh, portrayed by Sung Kang in four of the high-octane series' films. Killed off by Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw in a post-credits scene for Fast & Furious 6, fans of the character have expressed dismay over Han's friends working alongside his killer in subsequent installments.
While promoting the franchise's spinoff film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw's home video release, longtime franchise producer and screenwriter Chris Morgan said he is aware of the audience's love for Han, and hinted that future films will further explore the fallout from the character's death.
"Look, I came in on Tokyo Drift. I'm a huge fan of that character, and Sung Kang," admitted Morgan in an interview with ComicBook.com. "Over the course of the films, there's a big arc, and a debt that's owed. And I would just say for an audience, everybody involved in the films, loves all of our characters. We're aware of all the character arcs, and what needs to get paid and where we're going. And I would just say to an audience, just wait. Just hold on. Not a real comment beyond that, other than, we love the characters just like you do."
The franchise's next installment, Fast & Furious 9, just wrapped principal photography in London last month for a release next year. It is unclear whether Statham will reprise his role as Shaw in the film, though his Hobbs & Shaw co-star Dwayne Johnson has hinted at a return to the main series following Hobbs & Shaw's release.
Fast & Furious 9 is helmed by Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth entries in the Fast & Furious franchise. It stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, and Michael Rooker. Cardi B, John Cena, Finn Cole, Anna Sawai, Vinnie Bennett and Ozuna are also set to appear. Fast & Furious 9 is slated for a May 22, 2020 release.