We already suspected that he would be. In fact, Blade Runner director Ridley Scott said last year that the sci-fi sequel will “of course” involve him. But now we can confirm that Harrison Ford is definitely, categorically, unequivocally going to be in Blade Runner 2.
Ford, who played retired police officer Rick Deckard in the original, is poised to reprise the role in the sequel to Scott’s hit 1982 film, which is set to be directed by Prisoners’ Denis Villeneuve.
“We are honoured that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,’” said producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson in a joint statement. “Hampton [Fancher] and Michael [Green], with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.”
The original film, set in 2019 dystopian Los Angeles, saw Ford play a retired police officer reluctantly returning to duty to hunt down replicants – bioengineered beings who are considered a threat to society – before falling for Rachael, a replicant who believed herself to be human.
Plot details for Blade Runner 2 are scarce, though it is known that the sequel will be set several decades after the first film.
Original director Ridley Scott is on board to produce while Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have penned the screenplay.
Blade Runner 2 will begin production in 2016.