“Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” opens this weekend, the film positioning both Dwayne Johnson’s frequently glistening DEA agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s British criminal Owen Shaw as the heroes taking on Idris Elba and his army of enhanced humans.
Statham’s character was the main villain of the seventh film of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, in fact his first on-screen appearance saw him killing off Sung Kang’s fan-favourite Han character in the credits of the sixth film. By the time of the eighth film, Owen Shaw has become part of the ‘Fast family’ and now co-leads the spin-off.
This has led to a fan campaign in recent years calling for ‘Justice for Han,” and scribe Chris Morgan has a message for those fans in a new interview with EW. That justice they are seeking? It’s coming:
“I love ‘justice for Han’. Sung Kang is a great friend, and Han is a character that I adore. I would say that the super-arc for Deckard Shaw is going to be one of the most interesting, cool, rewarding character arcs in the franchise. Justice for Han is owed. It’s something we have discussed for a very long time and want to give the right due to. I think the audience will be satisfied and should know it’s coming.
There’s a line in Hobbs & Shaw that is right before the battle in Samoa where Shaw says to his sister: ‘There’s things I’ve done that I have to make amends for.’ That line was specifically written and put in there just to let everyone know that he is talking about Han – it is on his mind. It tortures him, and he’s going to get to it.”
“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” opens Friday, while the ninth film in the main franchise is currently in production ahead of a 2020 release.