‘Blade Runner 2’ gets 2018 release date

Ryan Gosling will join Harrison Ford in the eagerly-anticipated sci-fi sequel

Blade Runner 2 will open in cinemas on January 12, 2018, production company Alcon Entertainment has announced.

The long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner, currently untitled, is due to start shooting this July. Ryan Gosling is confirmed to be joining Harrison Ford, though the cast is not expected to include any of Ford’s co-stars from the original film such as Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah.

Ridley Scott is not directing the sequel to his 1982 sci-fi classic, but is back as an executive producer. Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) will direct from a script written by Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the original, and Michael Green, who is also working on Scott’s forthcoming Prometheus sequel.

The idea for the sequel, which is understood to take place several decades after the conclusion of Blade Runner, was devised by Scott and Fancher. Scott has previously revealed that Ford’s iconic character Rick Deckard will not appear in the entirety of Blade Runner 2, saying: “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”

In September it was reported that a company used in the past by Warner Bros., the studio behind the sequel, has registered the domain names bladerunnerandroidsdreammovie.com and androidsdreammovie.com, suggesting the sequel might be titled Blade Runner: Android Dreams or simply Androids Dream.