Dave Bautista has revealed his character name for Blade Runner 2049, but admits to being afraid of accidentally dropping any spoilers. Ever since his breakthrough role as the lovable anti-hero Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bautista's star in Hollywood has risen considerably. Not only did the former WWE star land a plum role as the henchman Hinx opposite Daniel Craig in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre, he was given more time to shine and display his gift for comedy in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Bautista is currently making the interview rounds to talk about his role in the new indie action adventure Bushwick, and naturally, reporters are pressing him for details about Blade Runner 2049, which is due in theaters October 6. While fans already know that the sequel is set 30 years after the original Blade Runner film - and that Ryan Gosling plays a Los Angeles-based blade runner named Officer K, who goes looking for Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard - few plot details have been officially revealed for the Denis Villeneuve film, so far.
Bautista intends to keep it that way, with the exception of one big revelation: his character's name. In an interview with EW, Bautista spilled the beans, saying:
“I don’t know for sure if it’s been [announced] or not. I’ll give you the name of my character. My character’s name is Sapper Morton.”
That's about all you'll get from Bautista, though, as he cited the non-disclosure agreement for his work on Blade Runner 2049. He says:
“I’m actually terrified about giving out any spoilers. The NDA on that film is ridiculous.”
NDAs are fairly standard on tentpole films, including any films in the Star Wars saga, the DC Extended Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Given his past Guardians of the Galaxy films and Spectre, Bautista is clearly familiar with NDAs, but that doesn't make him immune from dropping details. After all, reporters have been known to creative craft questions to get some sort of scoop, and actors no doubt get tired and let their guard down at the end of long press days.
At the very least, Bautista can talk more about the creative process and working with Villeneuve ("He’s very particular about every little detail of performance"), which while interesting to some, doesn't satisfy those who've been waiting with baited breath to see how the story of Blade Runner will continue after director Ridley Scott floored fans with his original vision for the sci-fi classic, 35 years ago. For the time being, Bautista is pretty confident with the overall prospects of Blade Runner 2049, saying in May that he thinks it's "going to be better than the first film."
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) release date: Oct 06, 2017