Harrison Ford Will Star in ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

Harrison Ford Will Star in ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

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Harrison Ford will star in a long-anticipated sequel to the iconic science fiction movie, Blade Runner. It is based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Alcon Entertainment purchased the rights in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to any sequels and prequels of the movie. The flick will reportedly be directed by the French Canadian filmmaker, Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners).

Harrison Ford will, once again, play policeman Rick Deckard, whose job involved hunting down androids, or replicants. In the novel, Deckard dreams of owning an animal of some sort, because animals have almost totally become extinct. People often owned robot animals. The androids in both the novel and the movie are very much like humans, though there is a test that supposedly can distinguish between whoever is a human and whoever is a replicant. Harrison Ford brought the character of Deckard to intense and vibrant life.

In the novel and the movie, Rick Deckard begins to question just what it is that distinguishes humans from the replicants. The novel was one of Dick’s greatest works, in the opinion of many of the author’s fans.

Alcon Entertainment chief executives released a statement announcing the big news about the upcoming sequel, which is scheduled to begin production in 2016. In the statement, the execs declared that they were “honored” that Harrison Ford had agreed to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Though Harrison Ford will turn 73 in July, he is showing few signs of slowing down, as far as movie roles go.

The Alcon Entertainment execs believe that Harrison Ford will, once again, bring intensity to the role of Rick Deckard, and that Prisoners director, Denis Villeneuve, will do the sequel justice and bestow his own vision of the future world of Deckard’s reality on the sequel, as well. Ridley Scott will still play a major role in the creation of the movie, serving as the film’s executive producer.

Details about the Blade Runner sequel that will star Harrison Ford are scarce, thus far; but, it is thought that the events of the movie will take place several decades after everything that happened in the original movie’s plot. It is known that a screenplay has already been written for the sequel, and it was penned by co-writers Michael Green and Hampton Fancher.

Harrison Ford is also reprising another one of his famous characters, playing Han Solo in a movie that will likely be a huge box office blockbuster, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Though his leg was broken while on set for the movie, when the hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon closed on it, Harrison Ford had some of the scenes he will be in shot around.

Denis Villeneuve was the director of Alcon Entertainment’s successful movie, Prisoners (2013), starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. The director is no stranger to directing big-name stars, and he is reportedly looking forward to directing actor Harrison Ford in the Blade Runner sequel.

Blade Runner is a much-beloved movie to fans of the flick and the novels of Philip K. Dick. Having Harrison Ford agree to reprise his role as policeman Rick Deckard is fantastic news, as long as the screenplay lives up to the screenplay of the original movie and the special effects are also cool and updated. If Harrison Ford is still able to take on the physical demands of the role, and the movie is full of action as well as terrific acting and special effects, the Blade Runner sequel will likely be a big box office hit.

Written By Douglas Cobb

Sources:
Los Angeles Times
Deadline.com
HitFix
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