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Blade Runner 2049 May Feature A Replicant from the Original Film

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Blade Runner 2049 May Feature A Replicant from the Original Film

Although we finally got a brief look a couple weeks back at “Blade Runner 2049” in the form of a stunning teaser trailer, we still know pretty much next to nothing about the sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi noir. What is clear is that Harrison Ford will be returning as a grizzled Deckard, the replicant-hunting detective (and potential replicant himself) of the first film, and that Ryan Gosling will be along for the ride as a newer Blade Runner. According to a fresh rumor, however, Deckard might not be the only character to reappear three decades after the events of the first movie.

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Coming Soon contends that one of the original four replicants might show up in “Blade Runner 2049” thanks to CGI advancements similar to those that made Grand Moff Tarkin scowl once more in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and rolled back Schwarzenegger’s age in “Terminator: Genisys.”

“The options for which character will return include Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty, Daryl Hannah’s Pris, Sean Young’s Rachael or maybe even Harrison Ford himself as a young Deckard,” the report says, noting that director Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario,” “Arrival”) hinted that his new film will “take care of” the mystery surrounding Deckard’s humanity.

Based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” the 1982 film is set in a dystopian future where genetically engineered replicants, virtually indistinguishable from humans, are manufactured by a powerful corporation. Barred from Earth and relegated to performing dangerous or menial jobs on off-world colonies, those replicants that defy the ban are hunted down and killed by “Blade Runners,” such as Ford’s Deckard, who’s drawn out of retirement for one last job.

Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Sicario”) from a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, “Blade Runner 2049” also stars Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Mackenzie Davis and Sylvia Hoeks. Executive produced by Scott, the film opens Oct. 6, 2017.

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