Harrison Ford “in talks” to star in new Blade Runner movie

It’s early days but reports suggest the upcoming Ridley Scott project could be a sequel, not a reboot

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Hollywood legend Harrison Ford is in the early stages of negotiations to take part in director Ridley Scott’s follow-up to his 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner, according to reports.

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Ford starred in the original film – based on the short story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick – as “replicant hunter” Rick Deckard, assigned to track down and destroy rogue androids running loose on Earth. 

The original cut of the movie was ambiguous, leaving the audience to decide whether Deckard himself is a replicant. But if rumours of 69-year-old Ford’s inclusion in the new movie are true, it would appear to both scotch that idea and to indicate that it is not a reboot as was first thought, but a sequel.

The story emanates from US website Twitch, which says: “Twitch has learned that Harrison Ford has entered into early talks to join the new Blade Runner.

“While this is still very early stages, and it is quite possible that things won’t work out, the obvious implication is that what we are looking at is not a reboot but a direct sequel to the original.”

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Meanwhile, Ridley Scott is revisiting another of his past glories with Prometheus, a film “set in the same universe” as his cult 1979 space horror, Alien, and slated for release on 1 June. Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Idris Elba star.