Harrison Ford has confirmed that he will reprise his role as bounty hunter Rick Deckard in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 science-fiction thriller Blade Runner.
Based on Philip K Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The film was set in a decaying, eternally dark, rain-sodden Los Angeles. Blade Runner followed Deckard as he hunted down a group of genetically engineered humanoid robots, known as replicants. The sequel will take several decades after the original film, which saw Deckard fleeing the city with a surviving replicant called Rachel.
The 72-year-old Ford has a track record of revisiting roles from earlier his career. He returned to the role of Indiana Jones in 2008, nearly 20 years after 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Later this year he steps back into the role Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
For many years Harrison Ford was not comfortable discussing Blade Runner, which initially failed at the box office but went on to become a cult hit. Scott has overseen two alternative edits of the movie, both of which hint at the possibility Deckard may himself be a replicant.
Sir Ridley Scott will produce the sequel, which is set to start shooting in summer 2016. Denis Villeneuve, who directed the kidnap drama Prisoners, is reported to be in talks about the directing role.
The Blade Runner sequel is based on an idea by Scott and is being co-written by Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original screenplay. Fancher is working with screenwriter Michael Green. “We are honoured that Harrison is joining us on this journey,” said producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. “Hampton and Michael, with Sir 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."