Ryan Gosling to Star in ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel
So much is going on today! According to CBR, Ryan Gosling is currently in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, which will be directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Fans of the original 1982 film will be happy to know that Harrison Ford is reprising his role as Rick Deckard, a replicant hunter. Ridley Scott will also be on board as executive producer.
Hampton Fancher (co-writer of Blade Runner) and Michael Green wrote the sequel’s screenplay, which is based on an idea by Fancher and Scott. Shooting begins next summer in 2016.
I’m the host to Intro to Geek, a review podcast on essential geek media for newcomers. Because I had to watch, review, and discuss the relevance of Blade Runner, I am keenly aware that it is considered to be hallowed ground within our community, and everywhere else. Exploring or even furthering the story of such a film is risky. I mean…just look at the before and after of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. We wanted it, we couldn’t wait for it, and when it came we were deeply underwhelmed.
That said, I’m confident that Gosling, who starred in the indie crime flick Drive, will add a certain coolness befitting of Blade Runner’s noir element. Who wants to take a guess that Deckard will be hunting down Gosling’s character, or at the very least suspect him of being a replicant? I did bring Drive up for a reason [insert winking smiley face].
What do you think, readers? Will we get another Prometheus, or has Ridley learned his is lesson? And will our fan theories connecting Alien’s universe with Blade Runner’s come to life?