Michelle Rodriguez has criticized Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw writer Chris Morgan's comment about "Justice for Han". Cool as a cucumber car driver Han was played by Sung Kung and made his debut in 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He would go on to appear in the next three Fast & Furious movies before Fast & Furious 6's mid-credits scene caught up to Tokyo Drift in the timeline and revealed that Han had, in fact, been killed by future Furious Seven villain Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).
However, the phrase "Justice for Han" wasn't actually coined until 2017's The Fate of the Furious. It was inspired by the movie's ending, where Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto shakes hands with Shaw after the latter saves his infant son, having - seemingly - forgotten that Shaw murdered a member of his extended family. This year's spinoff film, Hobbs & Shaw, further evolves the latter into a misunderstood antihero and contains a line that writer Morgan says is a nod to the idea that "Justice for Han" is coming. Apparently, though, that's a bit misleading.
Rodriguez has taken to Twitter to criticize Morgan's comments and the implication that he's involved in getting "Justice" for Han at all. You can read her comment below.
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
Morgan, for those unfamiliar, was responsible for writing the last six mainline Fast & Furious movies starting with Tokyo Drift, in addition to Hobbs & Shaw (which he wrote with Drew Pearce). Rodriguez, on the other hand, has been part of the Fast & Furious films since the very beginning, and has admitted to taking issue with how Fate of the Furious treated Han's death during the film's production. She's far from the only one to criticize Hobbs & Shaw's tease that "Justice for Han" is coming, either. The spinoff has similarly been taken to task for its efforts to retcon Shaw's backstory and present him in a more complex light while (in essence) overlooking that he killed a lot of people - Han included - in Fast & Furious 6 and Furious Seven's opening alone.
Beyond that, it's worth noting that Morgan's commitment to Hobbs & Shaw meant he had to pass on solo writing the now-shooting Fast & Furious 9 - something that lends support to Rodriguez's indication that he has "absolutely nothing" to do with how that movie is angling to give Han "Justice". Rodriguez hasn't been afraid to voice her criticisms of the Fast & Furious franchise in the past, either, and was even responsible for getting the series' first female writer onboard for Fast & Furious 9. That's to say, she herself might have more to do with how the film is honoring Han than other longtime Fast & Furious creatives. Either way, fans can take comfort in knowing that "Justice for Han" is coming in Fast & Furious 9 (and for real this time).
Source: Michelle Rodriguez
- Fast & Furious 9 (2020) release date: May 22, 2020