‘Blade Runner 2’ hires 12-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins

'Prisoners' director Denis Villeneuve is due to start shooting the sci-fi sequel in summer 2016

The eagerly-anticipated sequel to Blade Runner has hired its cinematographer: 12-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins.

Ridley Scott is not directing the sequel to his 1982 sci-fi classic, but is back as an executive producer. Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) is set to 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.

Deakins and Villeneuve have worked together on two of the director’s previous films, 2013’s Prisoners and this year’s forthcoming Sicario starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro. Deakins’ many other cinematography credits include Skyfall, Dead Man Walking, The Shawshack Redemption and ten films by the Coen Brothers.

Last month (April) it was reported that Ryan Gosling was in talks to star in the sequel opposite original star Harrison Ford. Shooting is due to start in summer 2016, TheWrap reports.

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.”

Blade Runner: The Final Cut, the only version of the original film over which Scott had complete creative control, was re-released in UK cinemas last month (April). Read the NME review here.