While it’s understandable that people might feel slightly apprehensive about the prospect of an untouchable science fiction classic getting a sequel after all these years, you can’t help but be impressed by the work that’s clearly gone into the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. With an impressive array of talent both in front of and behind the camera, this looks like something to really get excited about. Now, another couple of recognisable faces have been added to the cast in the form of David Dastmalchian and Hiam Abbass.
Dastmalchian will be familiar to a number of you, having popped up with memorable turns in The Dark Knight and Ant-Man, and soon to be showing up in Season 3 of Twin Peaks and Greg McClean/James Gunn team-up The Belko Experiment. He can do both funny and sinister, and looks to be a solid addition. For our part, we think he’s got ‘Replicant’ written all over him.
Also on board, Abbass is an arguably less familiar face, although she still has some strong film credits to her name, most notably Tom McCarthy’s The Visitor, Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings. Both of the two are likely to fill supporting roles (as per their previous films), but we’re encouraged by their presence nonetheless. They fall squarely into the ‘memorable supporting players’ category, which isn’t a bad place to be.
They join a cast that already includes the likes of Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, Carla Juri and Sylvia Hoeks. Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Enemy, Prisoners, Sicario) is directing from a script penned by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.
The untitled Blade Runner sequel will be released in cineams on 6 October 2017. For all the latest movie news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.