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Sci-fi fans are eagerly anticipating director Denis Villeneuve's sequel to 1982's Blade Runner, the cult classic adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? We know that Harrison Ford will return as replicant hunter Rick Deckard, with a host of stars including Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis and more on board. There's no official word on the film's plot, though a huge piece of the puzzle has just been revealed — the sequel's title.

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Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. have announced that the sequel will be titled Blade Runner 2049. It'll be set 30 years after the original movie, which took place in 2019, and will once again feature a dystopian Los Angeles setting. Along with the announcement, a promo photo revealed the Blade Runner team hard at work, with Gosling, Ford and Villeneuve alongside producer and original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott.

While we're eagerly anticipating a glimpse at the stars in costume, we can't help but notice that Harrison Ford is looking really good in this photo. Seriously, he's just as fit as he was back in 1982, which could only mean one thing — Rick Deckard is a replicant.

(Left to right) Denis Villeneuve, Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
(Left to right) Denis Villeneuve, Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

Okay, it's kind of a stretch to say Ford's fitness means he's a replicant, but its definitely a possibility. While the first film found Deckard hunting down a group of fugitive replicants — androids that are indistinguishable from humans — it also posed the question of whether or not Deckard was one of them. Ridley Scott has stated that the character was in fact a replicant, though Ford has said he played the antihero as a human. Screenwriter Hampton Fancher, who's also working on Blade Runner 2049, has always maintained an ambiguous stance on the issue. There's no reason to believe an android would get flabby with old age, so Ford's unchanging looks could actually play a role in the Blade Runner sequel.

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The decades since Blade Runner's release have seen plenty of fan debate on Deckard's origins, and added scenes in the 1992 Director's Cut only support the belief that Deckard is in fact an android. As such, there's a good chance that the mystery behind Rick Deckard could be at the heart of Blade Runner 2049. Either way, we're happy to see Harrison Ford looking as hot as ever for the new movie, because nothing gets us more excited than a sexy old man.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6, 2017.

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