Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling had already been confirmed to star in the upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott‘s dystopian sci-fi thriller, Blade Runner. Now, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista and House of Cards‘ (and The Princess Bride‘s) Robin Wright have also been confirmed.
The Blade Runner sequel is set to start shooting in July, and the necessary pieces are continuing to fall into place.
In February of last year, it was confirmed that Harrison Ford would reprise his role as Rick Deckard in an as-yet-unnamed sequel set to starting this summer, and that Denis Villanueve (Prisoners, Sicario) would direct. Then in November, it was announced that Ryan Gosling would join the cast.
Variety first reported last week that Robin Wright was in the final negotiations for signing on in an unknown-but-key role. Then, two days ago, wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista teased that he might be joining the cast when he posted a photo of himself on social media holding the origami unicorn that was seen in the first film.
I can’t wait to share some really exciting news… pic.twitter.com/fI2VjDjcXM
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) April 2, 2016
Today, Bautista officially announced he was joining the cast 0f the upcoming film, will be set several decades after the events of original – which was set in a futuristic, dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019.
In the original, Ridley Scott-directed Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a bounty hunter tasked with hunting down and killing a group of rogue replicants – genetically engineered artificial intelligence robots who look exactly like humans.
The new film is being executive-produced by Ridley Scott, along with Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble of Thunderbird Films and Bill Carraro, and will be produced with Alcon Entertainment for Warner Brothers.
Hampton Fancher, David Peoples and Ridley Scott co-wrote the original Blade Runner script, based on the Philip K Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Fancher has also co-written the script for the sequel, along with Michael Green, based on an idea by Fancher and Scott.
While the plot has yet to be revealed, Scott had this to say about it last year:
[We] came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. Harrison is very much a part of this one, but it’s really about finding him; he comes in in the third act.
Some have speculated as to whether or not the sequel will definitively answer a central question long-debated by Blade Runner fans – is Rick Deckard a human – or a replicant?
If that question is answered at all, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out, as the film is currently set to be released in January, 2018.
In the meantime, why not watch a clip featuring Ford and Sean Young from the original 1982 Blade Runner: