When it first hit theaters, Blade Runner was not the critical success many were hoping for and yet it remains a cult classic film in the science fiction genre. So it’s no surprise that now a sequel to the original is definitely in the works.
Blade Runner is based off of the 1968 Phillip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and set in the dystopian future of 2019. In the movie, law enforcement officers known as “blade runners” are tasked with killing superpowered androids who are not welcomed visitors on Earth.
Although most specific details regarding Blade Runner 2’s production aren’t known right now, a notable one is that Barkhad Abdi has been cast for the film. Abdi is most known for his role as a Somali pirate in the 2013 movie Captain Phillips, a role that landed him an Oscar nomination. Abdi’s role in Blade Runner 2 is unknown for the moment, but he has been in other films including The Brothers Grimsby and Eye In The Sky. Also of note is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard from the first movie.
Other actors who will playing new characters in the movie include Robin Wright, Ryan Gosling and Dave Bautista but their roles in the film are also unknown. Ridley Scott will also be returning to the series, but as a producer while Denis Villeneuve will now sit in the director’s seat.
Currently, the film industry is experiencing a breathtaking release of new films boasting of high-quality screen action played by renowned actors in Hollywood. The ongoing groundwork for the anticipated Blade Runner 2, which is a sequel film of the Blade Runner, has elicited a lot of speculations amongst many film lovers.
Its predecessor film, Blade Runner, did not manage to gain the excepted critical acclaim during its release as compared to Alien, which is also a sci-fi film also produced by the same person, Ridley Scott. However, the film gained enormous recognition from various parties and critics and is now among the best sci-fi movies of all times.
Blade Runners was based on a novel published by Philip K. Dick in 1968 dubbed “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”. Though Philip did not manage to view the complete work of the film before his death, he acknowledged that the movie depicted his inner world perfectly after watching an early footage of the film before its release.
Blade Runner 2
Although details about Blade Runner 2 have been withheld from the public, certain details have managed to reach various parties such as Deadline. It recently unveiled that the Oscar nominee, Barkhad Abdi, from the Captain Phillips film, would be cast in an unknown part in Blade Runner 2.
The film, which is set in the 2019 dystopian future, is set to hit major theaters on October 5, 2017. It boasts of genetically modified androids called replicants that are unwelcome on Earth. This triggered the need to form a law enforcement branch called blade runners to exterminate the androids.
With filming on the sequel to Blade Runner (1982) expected to begin in about a month, Alcon Entertainment announced that actress MacKenzie Davis would join the cast. Other performers in the film reportedly include Sylvia Hoeks and Ryan Gosling in leading roles. Dennis Villenueve will direct the sequel.
Born in 1987, the 29-year old actress MacKenzie Davis grew up in Vancouver, Canada and attended McGill University. She later studied acting at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She appeared in small roles on television in 2012 before appearing in several films in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, she played Reno in A Country Called Home (2015) and Petra in Freaks of Nature (2015), and also appeared in The Martian (2015). She interspersed her film appearances with television roles, acting in 26 episodes of the television show Halt And Catch Fire between 2014 and 2016. She has also worked as a producer and played herself in a 2015 episode of the television show Made in Hollywood. She appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson during 2014.
The Blade Runner 2 recounts a science fiction story. Although the studio has not chosen to reveal details of the plot, the setting reportedly occurs several decades after the date of the original Blade Runner (1982). The name of her character in the Blade Runner sequel has not been revealed.