Not only is Denis Villeneuve heading to Cannes for the first time with “Sicario,” but the Canadian filmmaker may have his second lead for his next film, the untitled “Blade Runner” sequel.
Alcon Entertainment announced today that Ryan Gosling is negotiating to star in the new “Blade Runner” opposite Harrison Ford who will reprise his role as Rick Deckard. The original 1982 film, directed by Ridley Scott, is a landmark film in cinematic and science fiction history. Scott will return as a producer.
The only detail revealed about the new film so far is that it takes place several decades later and that Deckard will return.. Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original, and Michael Green have written a completely new screenplay for the movie based on an idea by Fancher and Scott.
Gosling's directorial debut, “Lost River,” finally hit American theaters and VOD earlier this month. He'll be seen next in Shane Black”s “The Nice Guys” opposite Russell Crowe, and in Terrence Malick”s “Weightless.” He's currently filming Adam McKay's “The Big Short” with Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell.
Ford is currently recovering from a plane crash, but will be seen later this month in “The Age of Adeline” and is reprising yet another iconic role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this December.
Villeneuve is best known for directing the hit 2013 thriller “Prisoners,” but also earned critical acclaim for “Enemy” which was released in theaters this past year.
Production on the “Blade Runner” sequel is set to begin a little over a year from now in the summer of 2016.