Before it was announced, I don’t think anyone really wanted a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, which is often heralded as a masterpiece and one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made. Then it was revealed that not only would Harrison Ford be reprising his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel, he would also be joined by Ryan Gosling in a new role, and it would be directed by Sicario and Prisoners filmmaker, Denis Villeneuve.
Suddenly, the idea of this Blade Runner sequel didn’t seem all that bad, especially with those kinds of talented names involved in it. After receiving an early, slightly-worrying early 2018 release date as well, the highly-anticipated sequel has just added yet another high-caliber star to its impressive cast.
Variety is reporting that House of Cards star Robin Wright has officially been cast in the film, in what is said to be a key, important role, although the details surrounding her character are being kept under wraps – including if she’s playing a human or replicant. The studio had reportedly been after Wright for some time, but had to wait to due to scheduling conflicts with Netflix’s House of Cards. Production on the film is set to begin this July, based on a script written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the 1982 original) and Michael Green, from a story by Ridley Scott and Fancher.
The film will reportedly pick up several decades after the events of the original film, which followed Harrison Ford’s Deckard, an ex-cop assigned to track down and hunt several genetically-engineered, replicants who had escaped to Earth to try and find a way to extend their four-year life spans. It was an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”.
After landing a large role in Warner Bros. Wonder Woman standalone as well, as one of the film’s central Amazonian warriors, this comes as welcome news for Wright and fans of the actress as well, who’s been having a career resurgence ever since House of Cards began in 2013. With no word on who she could be playing though, it will be interesting to see how Wright actually ends up factoring into the film’s story, which is already clouded in enough mystery as it is. No matter what though, any time Wright gets cast in something it’s good news, and the fact that it’s Blade Runner 2 just makes it even better.
Blade Runner 2 will hit theatres on January 12th, 2018.
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