Jared Leto, hot of the heels of playing an…interesting rendition of the Joker in Suicide Squad, and then dominating this week’s news cycle with reports of his unhappiness related to his screentime in said film, is jumping on board another franchise in the making: the still untitled sequel to Blade Runner.
He joins a sizeable cast that includes Harrison Ford (reprising his role as Rick Deckard), Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, MacKenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, Dave Bautista and many more.
The sequel, which is to be directed by Denis Villeneuve, the filmmaker behind last year’s amazing Sicario, comes from a script by Michael Green and Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher. No story details have been revealed at this point, but the film is set to take place decades after the original and move beyond the tale told in Phillip K. Dick’s landmark novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
As probably the biggest Blade Runner fan on this site, I can say with full confidence that I don’t see much of a reason for this film to exist, though the technical prowess behind the camera (Villeneuve will be backed by the incredible Roger Deakins as his DP) at least has me expecting a visual feast…and that, in the end, may be just enough.
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