At the time of its release, Blade Runner may not have received the critical acclaim of Ridley Scott’s other successful sci-fi film, Alien, but it is, without a doubt, a cult classic and is now recognized as one of the best science fiction films ever made. The film is based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? that was published in 1968. Option rights for a film changed hands a few times before everything finally fell into place with Ridley Scott at the helm. The author died just before the finished film was released, but did note that “they caught [my own interior world] perfectly,” after seeing early Blade Runner footage.
Set in a dystopian future (2019, to be exact) where genetically engineered androids, known as replicants, are not welcome here on Earth, a special branch of law enforcement known as “blade runners” hunt down the androids and kill them. The film’s sequel, Blade Runner 2 has made quite a bit of headway despite very few details being made public.
Yet another detail has been revealed as Deadline reports that Hollywood newcomer, Barkhad Abdi has recently been cast. Abdi, who received an Oscar nomination for his role as a Somali pirate in 2013’s Captain Phillips, is playing an unknown role in Blade Runner 2.
The 31-year old has also had roles in Eye in the Sky (a military thriller starring Helen Mirren), The Brothers Grimsby (a spy comedy starring Mark Strong and Sacha Baron Cohen), and a cameo appearance on Family Guy. Other than Harrison Ford being set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard, little else is known about which characters the rest of the star-studded cast will be portraying. New faces will be played by Robin Wright, Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Ana de Armas, and Carla Juri.
In an interview with Crave Online last year, director Denis Villeneuve teased that he will be answering the one question that has lingered with fans since 1982: Is Rick Deckard a replicant? He said:
“The thing I must say is that I love mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it.”
Scott will be involved as a producer, and the legendary Roger Deakins is the cinematographer. Villeneuve has been very open about his excitement on this project and wanting to “respect Scott’s legacy.” Filming begins in July.
Blade Runner 2 will hit theaters October 5, 2017.