Who knew that there was so much drama within the Fast and Furious franchise?
If you’ve watched the films since the original came out all the way back in 2001 (wow, has it really been that long?), you’re probably aware of how people are upset over the treatment of Han Lue. If you aren’t, here’s a quick refresher.
Back in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, actor Sung Kang first appeared as Han Lue (also known as Han Seoul-Oh), and was quickly killed off towards the film’s end. Later on, the franchise’s creative team decided to shake things up, and placed Tokyo Drift a little bit further down the timeline.
As a result, Han returned in Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 (I know, the naming convention is really odd). Eventually, the nature surrounding his death was retconned, and it was revealed that Deckard Shaw (yes, the same one from Hobbs & Shaw) orchestrated his death, as an act of revenge against Dominic Toretto and his crew.
Phew. With that out of the way, let’s get on to the present-day issue.
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As you may already know, after Shaw’s arrest in Furious 7, he ends up becoming a good guy and with the latest film, he’s essentially a hero within the franchise. It’s a little odd, considering he murdered one of the series’ main protagonists, and this injustice has never fully been acknowledged or addressed. From here, the #Justice4Han hashtag was born, and fans have longed for the creative team to put the issue to rest.
As you can see down below, writer Chris Morgan (who has penned a majority of the franchise’s screenplays) promised it would be addressed, but one of the series’ stars isn’t happy about it. Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Letty Ortiz, brought up the matter on Twitter in a rather snarky post that put-down Morgan, writing:
I’ve been around since the beginning way before Chris Morgan came along & he has absolutely nothing to do with where this narrative is or where it’s going FYI ? Hobbs and Shaw writer promises that justice for Han is coming | https://t.co/B3ZbIZ5vot https://t.co/6u2oDTec5U
— Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) August 6, 2019
It’s a bit odd that she claims he has nothing to do with the narrative, but seeing as how Daniel Casey is taking over screenwriting duties for Fast & Furious 9, she might be (somewhat) accurate. Either way, we sincerely hope this issue can be laid to rest. And since it was indirectly addressed in Hobbs & Shaw, we’re tentatively keeping our faith.