Blade Runner is one of the most iconic movies of all time, and defined the sci-fi genre as we know it today. Blade Runner has a complex story that follows Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) chasing down the replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. This movie is a quintessential example of cyberpunk, and has gone on to become one of the most influential movies ever.
This year, we'll finally get to see the long-awaited sequel Blade Runner 2049, a crazy 35 years after the first film was released. The highly anticipated follow-up is bringing back Harrison Ford, who'll unite with Ryan Gosling to give us an updated look at the iconic world of Blade Runner. Whilst most of the original cast have not been confirmed to return for the sequel, they have been keeping busy over the years.
Sean Young — Rachael
Rachel was one of the main characters in Blade Runner, and became the love interest for Rick Deckard. Since making Blade Runner, Sean Young has done well for herself, starring in such films like Ace Ventura, Fatal Instinct and No Way Out. Nowadays, she's not starring in many blockbusters, but that doesn't mean she's not keeping busy. She's got various low-budget movies coming out, like Escape Room, Above All Things and In Vino.
Edward James Olmos — Gaff
In the movie, Edward James Olmos's character Eduardo Gaff was a veteran Blade Runner who worked for the LAPD. He played the mysterious role fantastically, and remains one of the most intriguing characters from the movie. Since 1982, Edward James Olmos has appeared in hits shows like Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice and the more recent Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. At the age of 60, Edward James Olmos remains one of the most active members of the original Blade Runner cast.
Rutger Hauer — Roy Battey
There's no denying that Rutger Hauer's character in Blade Runner was one of the most compelling. He played the leader of the renegade Nexus-6 replicants, and he was the main antagonist of the movie. Rutger Hauer been steadily working ever since Blade Runner, appearing in Batman Begins, Sin City and True Blood (above). Rutger Hauer seems to be one of the stars of Blade Runner who has aged the most!
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M. Emmet Walsh — Bryant
Emmet Walsh played Harry Bryant, the captain of the Rep-Detect department of the (LAPD). Since Blade Runner, Emmet Walsh has kept himself busy with TV roles on Adventure Time, Pound Puppies and The Mind of the Married Man, as well as movie roles in Calvary (above), My Best Friend's Wedding, and Wild Wild West. Interestingly enough, Emmet Walsh also featured in the low-budget critically shredded The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power with Blade Runner co-star Rutger Hauer! The film is apparently really poor, but it was a cool reunion 33 years after Blade Runner!
Daryl Hannah — Pris
Pris is the girlfriend of Roy Battey in Blade Runner. She was eerily good at manipulating humans, a trait emphasized by Daryl Hannah in her performance. Hannah has starred in various roles since Blade Runner, including Kill Bill Vol. 1 where she played Elle Driver, or her latest big role in the #Netflix original, Sense8 (above).
William Sanderson — J.F. Sebastian
William Sanderson is a 60 year old actor who played a genetic designer He worked for Tyrell. J.F Sebastian had "Methuselah Syndrome" which accelerated his ageing and left him stuck on Earth.
Since Blade Runner, William Sanderson has been in numerous projects, including sharing the screen with Blade Runner co-star Rutger Hauer in True Blood. He's also been in some other great projects, such as Last Man Standing and the TV comedy, Newhart.
Harrison Ford — Rick Deckard
This man needs no introduction. He's one of Hollywood's biggest and best living legends. This year, we get to see Harrison Ford return to play Rick Deckard in, Blade Runner 2049 alongside Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright and Jared Leto! We don't have Ridley Scott returning to direct, but we do have the very capable Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario). If you haven't already seen the teaser for Blade Runner 2049, check it out below!
I for one cannot wait to see this movie. I'm not sure if it will surpass the original, but I'm interested to see if it'll give it a good shot. I'm excited by the introduction of Ryan Gosling, I think he was a perfect addition to the sequel and I'm looking forward to see what he's like in the role of Officer K.
Let me know your thoughts on how the original actors have aged in the comments below!