The ninth Fast & Furious movie was one of the first films to be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, and it still won’t be with us until late May. We did however get to see the F9 trailer before the delay was announced, and it revealed that fan favorite character Han will be making his return to the series. Now star and producer Vin Diesel has spoken about Han’s return and what fans can expect from the next movie.
Han, played by Sung Kang, was seemingly killed off in 2006’s Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift and shown again in Fast & Furious 6–which takes place before Tokyo Drift–leading to a fan campaign termed “Justice for Han.” But as last year’s F9 trailer revealed, he’s very much alive. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Diesel explained that the character is a vital part of the series.
“Han is an integral character in this franchise,” he said. “If you remember, he’s kind of responsible for the away years of [Diesel’s character] Dom Toretto. He’s the one doing jobs with him in Mexico, he’s the only one who knows where Dom is, and in many ways is the bridge for Dom when Dom comes back in Tokyo Drift. So there’s something very special and magical about the Han character. When you see the movie you’ll feel it, but I believe at the core it’s another testament to, not only don’t turn your back on family, but don’t give up on family.”
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