Fans who have been waiting for a sequel to the 1982 classic Blade Runner won’t have to wait too much longer now that director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins are on board. But now there’s another name added to the cast list to join Harrison Ford: Ryan Gosling.
According to Collider, Gosling didn’t speak much about the highly anticipated project, saying that the participation of Villeneuve and Deakins encouraged him to sign on along with the script. Gosling joked, "There's a chip in me, and if I say anything more I’ll explode if I say anything else."
Principal photography for the film starts in the summer of 2016. Currently the film has no release date.
Blade Runner is one of sci-fi’s most beloved movies, about a future San Angeles where a policeman Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is forced to “retire” android Replicants who have illegally come to Earth from the offworld colonies. But the Replicants are for a reason. Blade Runner peeked into the world of the future while maintaining its rain-soaked film noir roots. Editing mishaps made this movie a slow burn, rather than a smash hit.
Gosling’s casting seems unusual, considering his limited experience working in the genre. But in his performances in Drive and Only God Forgives, his dialogue is kept to a minimum. Considering how little Deckard spoke in Blade Runner—the movie’s most memorable monologue went to the villain Roy Batty—it actually seems that Gosling is a logical choice.