Blade Runner 2049 is the much-anticipated sequel to the classic 1982 film Blade Runner, which will reunite Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford. But theirs are not the only familiar names to appear on the marquee: Edward James Olmos has announced he'll be making an appearance.
Olmos will be reprising the roll of the origami-folding policeman Gaff. As he told The Trend Talk Show:
"Well, it's not about Gaff, but it's about someone who is going to try to find out certain things about us back then. They come to me. I am now retired … My role is like it was in the original – I only had four scenes, in this I only have one. But again, it's a poignant little piece of work."
I’m thrilled he used the word "poignant," which can describe most of the film. Blade Runner is about a policeman, Rick Deckard, who "retires" rogue replicants (androids), who want more life. Deckard falls in love with a woman who turns out to be a replicant. Eventually, the audience isn’t sure who's human and who is not ... or what that distinction even means.
It's true that Gaff had only four scenes, but the last one was particularly important. Gaff leaves the protagonist Deckard an origami unicorn, a reflection of Deckard's dreams. This was the proof the audience needed to confirm that Deckard himself was a replicant.
Will Gaff have knowledge that the other characters don't? Has he worked his way up to folding origami replicants? Do androids dream of electric sheep? All will be revealed, or at least implied, when Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6.