Harrison Ford is in the middle of reprising one iconic role, returning to the Star Wars franchise as Han Solo, and now director Ridley Scott has confirmed he’ll be back in the Blade Runner camp.
Rumours of a sequel to the 1982 sci-fi hit have been dotted about, but now Ridley confirms, “It’s written and it’s damn good.”
While Scott doesn’t say Ford will reprise the role of Rick Deckard he affirms, “Of course [the sequel] involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years – despite the accident,” he tells Entertainment Weekly, with a nod to Ford’s recent injury on set of Star Wars.
“So yes, that will happen,” he adds.
Ford’s character was last seen as a retired police officer reluctantly returning to duty to hunt down replicants – bioengineed beings who are considered a threat to society. Deckard falls for Rachael, a replicant who believes herself to be human. Could the next film pick up where they left off, or will Ford cameo instead? Some fans suggest Deckard himself could be a replicant, and given their inability to age like normal humans, an older Deckard perhaps wouldn’t make sense.
Watch this space.
Meanwhile, Ridley is certainly a busy man. Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale, is in the final stages and is expected in cinemas at the end of the year. A sequel to Prometheus and his upcoming film The Martian are also in motion.
“I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written.”
In terms of timing, it seems like the Blade Runner sequel will follow the Matt Damon-fronted The Martian – an adaptation of Andy Weir's Roninson Crusoe-style novel - which is slated for November 2015.