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Harrison Ford confirmed for Blade Runner sequel

Story by Jack Foley

HARRISON Ford will reprise his role as police officer Rick Deckard in the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel.

The follow-up will reportedly take place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 film and is based on an idea from the film’s original director, Sir Ridley Scott, who will also produce.

No further details have yet been released.

But two more of the sequel’s producers, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, said in a joint statement: “We are honoured that Harrison is joining us on this journey. [Screenwriters] Hampton [Fancher] and Michael [Green], with Sir Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.”

Denis Villeneuve, who directed Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in acclaimed kidnap drama Prisoners, is currently in talks to direct.

The original Blade Runner was based on the Philip K Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? and followed Ford’s character Deckard as he was tasked with hunting down genetically engineered life-like robots, known as replicants, in a futuristic Los Angeles, set in 2019.

It wasn’t a box office hit at the time and suffered from studio intervention concerning its ending. But it has since gone on to become one of the most celebrated science fiction films of all-time, especially once the director’s cut restored Scott’s original vision.

Shooting on the sequel is currently due to begin in the summer of 2016.

Ford is no stranger to reprising iconic roles despite not being a fan of talking about them in interviews. In 2008, he returned to the role of Indiana Jones nearly 20 years after the franchise came to a halt in 1989.

And later this year, the 72-year-old will reprise the role of Han Solo in the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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