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A sequel to the Ridley Scott classic BLADE RUNNER has been being talked about for a while now. The 1982 Harrison Ford starring film took place in a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019.
We have now learned that Barkhad Abdi has officially joined the cast of BLADE RUNNER 2.
Abdi's role in the BLADE RUNNER sequel has yet to be revealed. The actor previously appeared in 2013's CAPTAIN PHILLIPS playing a Somali pirate, and was also a part of EYE IN THE SKY. He will also be taking part in 2017's EXTORTION as well as 2018's THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR.
The actor joins a cast that is made up of Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Dave Bautista, and Harrison Ford, returning in his original role as Rick Deckard. This will mark the third time that he will return to one of his iconic properties. His return performances as Indiana Jones and the recent Han Solo shines a bright light on him reprising Deckard once again.
Dennis Villeneuve will be directing this new BLADE RUNNER film for Alcon Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green and was based off an idea from the minds of Fancher and Ridley Scott.
With Sony Pictures having acquired the international distribution rights for BLADE RUNNER 2, production on the film is set to begin very soon.
The new film will take place several decades after the ending of the original movie.
Ridley Scott will be involved as producer of the film along with Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Scott's plate will be full for a while as he is also busy working on ALIEN: COVENANT.
BLADE RUNNER 2 is set to be released on October 6, 2017.