Sung Kang, the actor who portrays Han Lue in the Fast and Furious saga, reveals his reaction to the unexpected comeback of one of the franchise’s most prominent stars in the latest installment, Fast X.
Kang debuted as Han in the 2006 film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and has featured in every main franchise film since then except for 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, where he was missing due to his character’s presumed death.
Kang talked to Esquire recently about another character’s resurrection in Fast X.
This time, it was his character’s romantic partner Gisele Yashar, played by Gal Gadot, who rejoined the franchise unexpectedly, though she was not the only one to make a surprise comeback at the end of Fast X.
Kang commented on how Gadot’s success as Wonder Woman in the DC Universe has also boosted their films’ popularity. Read Kang’s full quote below:
I knew it was inevitable. First, we’re talking about Fast, and an audience that is now used to getting what they want when they ask for a character to come back. Because of where Gal’s career has gone with Wonder Woman, and the goodwill and love that she has from people around the world, it’s awesome that another franchise can help our franchise. This past year has been a renaissance for the movie-going experience, with wonderful films like Top Gun: Maverick giving this resurgence to how we fell in love with films. And so for Gal to have that type of reaction with the audience, that’s what we want to hear.
At this stage in the Fast and Furious franchise, it’s not very surprising when a character is resurrected from the dead. However, as two of the key members of Dominic Toretto’s team, the comebacks of Han and Gisele were quite significant twists.
Gisele apparently died at the end of Fast & Furious 6 when she plunged from a plane after giving up her life to save Han, but she reappeared in the final scene of Fast X when she emerged in a submarine to rescue Letty and Cipher from a prison in Antarctica.
Han was presumed to have died at the end of Tokyo Drift, which was released early in the franchise but is set after Fast & Furious 6. He was eventually disclosed to have staged his own death to work for Mr. Nobody in F9.
Considering the two were living blissfully as a couple in Hong Kong the last time they were both alive and secure, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Gisele and Han have a heartfelt reunion at some point in the upcoming Fast & Furious 11.
Since Mr. Nobody helped Han stage his death, it’s quite likely that the covert government agent could have done the same for a former Mossad agent like Gisele, which would allow Han and Gisele to connect over their similar experiences.
After they help Dom with whatever problems emerge in the films following Fast X, it is conceivable that Han and Gisele could finally return to Hong Kong and live happily ever after with Han’s adoptive daughter, Elle.
About Fast X
Fast X is an upcoming action film involving street racing directed by Louis Leterrier. The film is the tenth installment in the Fast And Furious franchise and is the first part in the two-part finale of the film series, collectively known as The Fast Saga.
The film stars an ensemble cast including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jason Momoa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, John Cena, Jason Statham, Sung Kang, Alan Ritchson, Daniela Melchior, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Brie Larson, and Rita Moreno.
Fast X is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 19, 2023, by Universal Pictures. Its sequel, intended to be the main series’ final installment, is also in development.