The sequel to Blade Runner has been a project in the making for quite some time (since 2007), and although the release date isn't set 'til October 6th, 2017, and filming is scheduled to begin this July. The cast and crew have remained quite tight-lipped about the much-anticipated movie, but they can't keep everything from us.
The script will still be based on the premise of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (although it may draw inspiration from the plot of the book's sequel). The screenplay will be written by Michael Green (Green Lantern) and Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original Blade Runner. The movie will be produced by Alcon Entertainment.
The director, Denis Villeneuve, will take over Ridley Scott's chair. However, Scott will be one of the movie's producers. Roger Deakins (The Shawshank Redemption) will be in charge of cinematography, which is crucial to this type of movie, given the peculiarly distinct LA dystopia setting.
Harrison Ford, who has expressed his excitement in retrieving his iconic role, will continue to play Rick Deckard. While we could not be more enthused about Ford's returning role, it has been announced that Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) will be playing the lead. It is unsure as to who his character will be, but we have reason to suspect it could be the next Blade Runner.
Alongside Ford and Harrison, you will also catch the following actors: Mackenzie Davis (The Martian), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Ana de Armas (Knock Knock), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) — check out his filmography here — Sylvia Hoeks (The Best Offer), and Carla Juri (Wetlands).
The opening scene of the sequel will utilize discarded footage from the original Blade Runner. Check out Ridley Scott's description of it in the following video clip:
The plot will take place several decades after the original, which gives an interesting twist in addressing the epic mystery at the end of the prequel: Is Rick Deckard in fact a replicant? It is confirmed that this sequel will in fact answer the question that has remained unanswered for far too long (although Ridley Scott did give a definitive answer in an interview once).
In an interview with Digital Spy, Ridley Scott announced, "He is definitely a replicant."
We cannot wait for the sequel to be released on October 6, 2017, and once we satisfy that craving, we will certainly want more! We might just have the rebirth of a franchise on our hands.