It’s been a little while since we heard any news from Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner sequel, but one of the stars of the original has just confirmed his involvement and we’re very happy about it.
Speaking to The Trend Talk Show, the great Edward James Olmos said that he will be back to star as Gaff in Blade Runner 2049.
“I signed a seven page non-disclosure contract. I did, my manager did, my agent did, everybody did. I couldn’t talk about it. I couldn’t talk about it to anybody about it. Guess what? This is the first time that I’m telling the whole world, that yes, I am going to be Gaff in Blade Runner 2049.”
Gaff is, of course, one of the original film’s most memorable characters despite having relatively little screentime. He’s just constantly around, keeping tabs on Harrison Ford’s Deckard and leaving origami everywhere. While Deckard is lost in an increasingly deadly game of cat and mouse, Gaff sits at a vantage point, seeing everything and probably knowing everything too. Plus, there’s the fact that he talks in Cityspeak, apart from his classic final line, of course.
While he didn’t exactly have a huge amount of screentime in the original, Olmos wants to prepare us for the fact that he’s got even less in the new movie.
“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. My role is like it was in the original – that time I only had four scenes, in this I only have one. But again, it’s a poignant little scene.”
Still, though. That’s very exciting.
Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. Hampton Fancher and Michael Green wrote the script, while Ridley Scott and Fancher share story credit.
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