It’s all systems go on the Blade Runner sequel front. Earlier on in the week, it was announced that it had been moved up to 6 October 2017 from its original release date. Now, we have yet another casting addition in the form of Knock Knock star Ana de Armas.
As ever, the exact nature of her role is unknown at present, although the press release does state that she is playing a “leading role”. Regardless, for our money it’s definitely a solid casting choice. De Armas was great in the Eli Roth-directed horror-thriller – even if the film itself was so-so – gleefully terrorising Keanu Reeves and upending his life with much aplomb. Whether she’s good or bad, it looks like she’ll be able to turn her hand to either shade convincingly.
Speaking in the press release, distributors Alcon’s co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said,: “We think Ana is one of the most exciting, up-and-coming international actors in the world today, and we are thrilled she will be playing such an important part in this sequel.”
Alongside de Armas, the sequel will see Harrison Ford presumably reprising his role as Rick Deckard from the original (although considering his apparent status as a Replicant, the nature of his role is definitely up for debate), starring alongside Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Drive), Robin Wright (The Princess Bride, House Of Cards, Forrest Gump) and Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Spectre). Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy,Sicario) will take on the director mantle, working from a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, with original director Ridley Scott producing alongside. Broderick Johnson, Andrew A Kosove, Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin producing.
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