A lot of info about the upcoming Blade Runner sequel is being kept under some pretty tight wraps- even details like the official title. We’ve got some cast members, but no characters to attach their names to other than Harrison Ford, who will return as Deckard. But wait! A picture was snapped of the promo poster where it was displayed at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas! Maybe some visual clues will give us something (anything) to work with! A bone finally thrown our way! Oh… wait…
Nothing. From the precious little we know so far, one would think there would be something salvageable to make a compelling promo poster. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) is directing the project, after Ridley Scott had to pass it up due to a demanding schedule. Villeneuve is also bringing cinematographer Roger Deakins on board, whom he worked with on both Sicario and Prisoners. Hampton Fancher handled the script.
Casting wise, we know the film will star Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, and Harrison Ford. As stated before, Ford’s role as Deckard is out in the open, but the other characters remain a mystery. For anyone just now discovering the franchise, here’s the plot synopsis of the first Blade Runner film from 1982, as found on IMDb:
“In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a “Blade Runner”. Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate “replicants”. The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. As he tracks the replicants, eliminating them one by one, he soon comes across another replicant, Rachel, who evokes human emotion, despite the fact that she’s a replicant herself. As Deckard closes in on the leader of the replicant group, his true hatred toward artificial intelligence makes him question his own identity in this future world, including what’s human and what’s not human.”
Hopefully the lid will loosen a little more on any aspects of the film as we get closer to its October 6, 2017 release date!