As if bringing Han Solo back to life in Star Wars: The Force Awakens weren't enough, Harrison Ford is now officially returning to one of his other iconic sci-fi roles.
There’d been rumblings ever since Ridley Scott revealed that the project was in development, and now it’s official — Harrison Ford will return for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel and reprise his role as Rick Deckard. The studio Alcon Entertainment confirmed Ford’s involvement, and also noted that Scott is attached to executive-produce. Not a surprise in regard to Scott, but nice to have it confirmed that he'll be steering the ship.
The 1982 original is one of the most iconic works in sci-fi film history, and established the gritty dystopic style that films have been emulating ever since. It’s also one of the smartest genre films ever made, and we’re extremely anxious to see how they follow it up. The original film’s co-writer Hampton Francher had a hand in the sequel’s script, along with newcomer Michael Green (Kings, Heroes). Green is a relatively hot commodity these days, and is also working on DC’s upcoming Flash film (not to mention Scott’s Prometheus sequel). Little is known about the story, aside from the fact that it’ll take place several decades after the original.
Along with the bombshell casting news, an early frontrunner to direct this long-awaited sequel has also surfaced. The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) is in talks to helm the project. Along with Prisoners, Villeneuve directed the crime thriller Sicario and Canada’s Oscar-nominated French-language film Incendies. Not the most obvious choice, certainly, but the guy is undeniably talented.
Though we’re obviously psyched by all this breaking Blade Runner news, it does come with a caveat: We still have a long while to wait. Production isn’t set to begin until the summer of 2016, meaning it’ll be 2017 at the earliest before this thing actually makes it to the screen.
But heck, we’ve waited this long — what’s a few more years?