Jason Statham looks to be back in the saddle.
Deckard Shaw, Jason Statham’s character in the Fast and Furious franchise, was missing from almost the entirety of the latest entry, F9. Until he showed up in a post-credits scene. He was seen doing what he does best, beating people down, but what this could mean is his return to the franchise. Rumor has it, according to insider Daniel Richtman, the actor wants back in.
It seems most likely with him coming back for a brief moment, and the actor has continuously voiced how he wants to come back. In the trailer for F9, it was revealed that Han, played by Sung Kang, is alive after all. That stunning news hit even Jason Statham, who responded to it when talking to Entertainment Weekly. The reason being in Tokyo Drift, where audiences saw Han die by Shaw, needs to be settled between the two characters. In the actor’s own words, when reacting, he told EW that he needs to “put out that fire.”
The future of Sung Kang and Jason Statham in Fast and Furious is a little unknown; it is seemingly being set up that the two will reignite their conflict and settle it once and for all. Knowing the franchise, the possibilities are endless as people get brought back who were thought to be dead or characters flip sides, like Shaw, who was initially a villain and has turned into a hero.
Seeing Jason Statham return full-time to the franchise is not the only rumor related to the star that Daniel Richtman has covered. Keep holding onto your salt like you have been this whole time, but according to the insider, the actor wants equal pay to Dwayne Johnson if a sequel happens for Hobbs and Shaw.
Jason Statham made his debut in the franchise with Fast & Furious 6. Although he was not in Tokyo Drift, where Han allegedly dies, the post-credits scene of the sixth movie shows his character, Deckard Shaw, kill Sung Kang’s character. Since then, he made a return in Furious 7 and the first spinoff, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, which had him turn to a hero as he teamed up with Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs to battle it out with a superpowered Idris Elba.
Plenty of opportunities are available for Jason Statham to return to driving cars through explosions and other ridiculous scenarios. While spinoffs are on the table with a Hobbs and Shaw sequel is getting tossed around with writer Chris Morgan, the actor could still appear in the main installments. To round out the franchise, two more films are being made, with director Justin Lin returning to the director’s chair as he has wrapped F9 and has been in the driver’s seat with Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6.
To see Jason Statham return briefly and see what other craziness ensues, audiences can check out F9, which is currently in theaters. The film is currently the highest-grossing movie since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and has hit the $400 million mark for its global box office.