Ryan Gosling Confirms Role in “Blade Runner” Sequel

When it comes down to it, Ridley Scott seems hellbent on bringing back several of his own properties to the big screen. Some, like “Prometheus”, are ones he takes on with his own hands as director. Others though, he has taken backseat as an executive producer such as the long-conceived sequel to “Blade Runner” which, as of 2014, is being directed by Denis Villeneuve who recently directed the 2013 film “Prisoners” and the 2015 film ” Sicario”. Along with him, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins is also attached to work on the film. However, several cast and crew will return to the film.

Screenwriter Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original “Blade Runner”, is returning to pen the sequel and actor Harrison Ford will return as “Blade Runner” lead character Rick Deckard. However, Scott has commented before that Ford wouldn’t appear for much of the film, supposedly only for the “third act of the film”, but then recently commented he would still be a central focus of the film. Either way, that leaves the first two acts in need of a focus and it looks like we just found out the answer to that.

It had been rumored for awhile, but today, in an interview with Collider for his new film “The Big Short”, Gosling himself confirmed he will be co-starring in the film in a yet-to-be-announced role, simply saying, “That’s true.” While he kept details about the film’s story under-wraps, he did confirm the “Blade Runner” sequel would be his next project, that director Villeneuve and cinematographer Deakins would be involved, while, finally, quoting, “And if I say any more, there’s a chip in me that will explode if I say anything else.”

Does that hint Gosling may play a Replicant? I mean Gosling claims the script is what drew him in but something tells me was just a Rutger Hauer fan growing up…or at least while he was filming 2012’s “The Place Beyond the Pines”.

Gosling’s past acting credits including 2011’s “Drive” and “The Ides of March” shows he can play both intelligent and intense character. However, am I the only one thinking 2007’s “Lars and the Real Girl” was a warm-up for this story?

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Just saying.

Nothing else is know about the film except that production is suppose to begin mid-2016 with a yet-to-be-announced release date.