Having already secured Harrison Ford to return as Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, fans of the original film and observers of show business have been waiting to see who else will fill out the cast of the follow-up to director Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic. Now, we may know of at least one more name that will step into the dark, grimey, dystopic world of replicants in the city of Los Angeles.
According to Variety, actor Ryan Gosling has entered negotiations to star opposite Ford in the upcoming sequel, which will be written by original scribe Hampton Fancher and newcomer Michael Green. Sitting in the director’s chair will be Denis Villeneuve (2013’s Prisoners), with Ridley Scott serving as executive producer under his banner, Scott Free Productions. Gosling’s signing onto this film represents a pretty big “get” for the creators, as the actor has only recently come off of a self-imposed hiatus from acting. His name had come up for a variety of roles in a number of big budget productions, but his joining this film might be representative of the actor’s penchant for more artistic pieces — as the original Blade Runner is known to be.
No information is as-yet available on who Gosling might play, and it’s not yet known if Harrison Ford’s return will mean that Deckard will remain the primary character. This film is expected to largely carve a new path for itself. The original film was based off of the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, written by influential sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick in 1968. Dick, who died in 1982, never wrote any sequels to the story, but three additional books — Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human (1995), Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night (1996), and Blade Runner 4: Eye and Talon (2000) — were written by his fellow novelist and friend K.W. Jeter. Whether or not the new film will adapt from these works is anyone’s guess at this point.
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