The latest installment in the #FastandFurious saga hasn't even hit theaters yet, and the cast and crew are already discussing its future. At a CinemaCon appearance for The Fate of the Furious, lead actor #VinDiesel explained that the film is the start of a new trilogy.
With a couple more movies to work with — and endless storyline directions — writer Chris Morgan is teasing some interesting news. Could a beloved character be making a return to the franchise? That character being the one and only Han Seoul-Oh!
While talking to Slashfilm, Chris Morgan gave a hopeful answer when asked if we will see Sung Kang in the role again, stating:
“Now, that’s funny because I’ve actually been thinking about that a lot. 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.”
I know what you must be thinking: Han's dead, so how can he come back? Well, let's not forgot he already came back once with the timeline jumping around after The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. It wasn't until Furious 7 that we learned more about what led up to Han's death when the crash lined up with Tokyo Drift's sequence of events.
The order in which the movies play out might be a little confusing, but it did open up more opportunities to utilize Han's character, who quickly became a fan favorite. With a name like Han Seoul-Oh, how can he not be?
The plot of Furious 7 focuses heavily on Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew seeking revenge on Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), who caused Han's death by an explosive car wreck. The chances that Han survived the fiery crash seemed to be nonexistent, but the franchise has already brought Letty back from the dead, so never say never.
In a long-running franchise so character-driven (no pun intended), I totally understand why bringing back past actors is being discussed, especially when a character like Brian O'Conner is off the table after Paul Walker's tragic death. Just as Brian got a perfect send-off, the story of Han and even Gisele (Gal Gadot) reached its endpoint, but that doesn't mean they are erased from the franchise forever.
A meaningful nod to the character — or the going down flashback route — is always an option. That way, fans of Han will still get that sense of nostalgia, but it won't ruin the progress of the story.
The Fate of the Furious open in theaters April 14, 2017.
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