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Justin Lin discusses bringing Paul Walker back to Fast & Furious PLUS NASA helped with the space scene?! And Justice for Han is still coming

July 29th, 2021 by Marc Comments

Well, now that the dust has settled and the ninth (tenth if you count Hobbs and Shaw, eleventh if Better Luck Tomorrow is included) Fast and Furious movie is out, we can all look back and sum up how we felt about it (here’s what we felt).

But, we all know that that’s only half of the fun of being a fan.

Now, we know that the Fast Saga has two more movies left in the core story and we’ve been wondering if they’ll try to bring back the late Paul Walker as Brian O’Connor – after all, they kinda have him in Fast 9 but it felt like a bit of a cop-out – and it seems we’re not the only ones wondering this.

Director Justin Lin will be helming the last two movies in the franchise – he’s already directed four of the movies – and he’s been talking about Walker and if he’ll be returning to see the franchise out.

“Obviously, Paul and his character Brian are the soul and heart of how we’ve moved forward,” Lin says.

“Bringing him back is something I think about every day. As we near the end of the franchise, it’s a conversation I’m having. I think about this possibility every day.”

Fans will know that, while Walker tragically died during the filming of Furious 7. CGI was used to film his remaining scenes with the help of his two brothers who were used to film the scenes and were then digitally made to look like their brother later in production… there’s no reason to think this couldn’t happen again and, indeed, we have reported in the past that Walker’s family have seemingly given their blessing to Brian appearing in the franchise in the future.

One of the craziest, and most spoken about scenes in the whole franchise was when Tej and Roman (Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson) went into space. in a car. With a giant rocket strapped to the roof.

But, it seems that, as crazy as the scene was, it was based… in reality?!

“Going to space was not something I took for granted or I was very flippant about,” says Lin.

He then says that he went to the people who would know a bit about this… NASA!

“It is something that I did have a lot of conversations about. A lot of conversations. And it went from rocket scientists laughing, going, ‘What the f@#k?’ to us saying, ‘Well, can this really happen? If other rocket scientists have to get up there and the capsules are coated with these polymers? Blah blah blah.’ This is something that was thought out. If anything — logistically, scientifically — it’s one of the most sound action set pieces in our franchise.”

And finally, the latest installment brought back one of our favourite characters in the whole franchise, Han (Sung Kang), giving the fans hope that finally they would get #JusticeForHan after he was murdered (well, seemingly) in the franchise by none other than Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw who not only got a spin-off with Dwayne Johnson but became one of the Furious family!

But we fans got some home when SPOILERS, in the mid-credit scene in Fast 9, Han and Shaw finally came face-to-face before the screen faded to black!

“It’s interesting because a lot of people assume when Han comes back in 9, that’s Justice for Han. I never felt like that’s the case. The issue with Justice for Han is not, “Hey, he’s gone, we want him back,” says Lin.

“It was that something was not right and we need to figure out how to correct that. For me, the most critical element of this is the treatment of this character. So Justice for Han, really, is how we treat Han as he comes back and as we move forward. There is definitely a lot to explore and to unpack and that is just a moment I wanted to share with the audience — that there’s a lot more to come.”

How exactly things between these two are going to be settled is something I can’t wait to see.

In related news, star Vin Diesel has reported that they will begin filming the final two movies early next year, back-to-back: “I’m doing Fast 10 Part 1 and Part 2, the finale of the saga, in January.”

Oh, and Diesel would make a Fast and Furious musical… which even I, as a big fan of the franchise, have to raise an eyebrow at!

On The Kelly Clarkson Show, Clarkson asked Diesel if he would like to do a Fast & Furious musical and the star replied: “I’m dying to do a musical, so yes, I would!”

So there’s that… check it out below and keep Following the Nerd for all the big Fast & Furious news!

Source: THR & Cinepop

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….