We can finally stop referring to the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic as “the untitled ‘Blade Runner’ sequel,” because at last it has a name.
Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. announced this morning that the film is called “Blade Runner 2049.”
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Sicario”), the sequel is set decades after the original, and finds Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard. He’s joined by Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass, Lennie James and Dave Bautista.
No other details have been revealed about the sequel. 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.
“Blade Runner 2049” is penned by Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original film, and Michael Green. Scott, who had initially planned to return to direct, is on board as a producer.
The film is scheduled to open Oct. 6, 2017.
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