As the long-gestating sequel to Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic Blade Runner continue to firm up its cast, Entertainment Weekly is reporting the latest addition: Lennie James, probably best known for his role as Morgan on AMC’s hit zombie drama, The Walking Dead.
Like most details on the Blade Runner sequel, specifics on James’ role are being kept under wraps. Sicario director Denis Villeneuve is gearing up to begin production, and he’ll be surrounded by a swarm of talent that includes Harrison Ford (who reprises his role as Rick Deckard from the original 1982 film), Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Slyvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, and Barkhad Abdi.
Taking place several decades after the events of Blade Runner, the sequel will be scripted by Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the screenplay for the original film, and Michael Green, who also contributed to Ridley Scott’s forthcoming Alien: Covenant and the untitled third film in the Wolverine franchise.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the rights to Blade Runner in 2011 from late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, the latter of whom will produce the upcoming sequel along with Alcon’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, while Bud Yorkin will also be credited, and Ridley Scott will serve as executive producer.
The untitled Blade Runner sequel is currently set for release on October 6, 2017.
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