Actor in early negotiations to reprise replicant-hunter character in planned sequel
Harrison Ford is reportedly in talks to star in a new Blade Runner film.
It was announced last year Ridley Scott, director of the 1982 sci-fi classic, would return to helm a new film, and he’s since made comments suggesting the movie would be a straight sequel rather than a reboot.
The news Ford could be involved adds weight to the theory, and could finally see one of Blade Runner‘s biggest talking points answered on screen – is replicant-hunter Deckard actually a replicant himself?
Ford, now 70, has spent much of his time since the film was released distancing himself from it, saying it was a “fucking nightmare” to work on, while also expressing his dissatisfaction with Scott’s final cut.
The original Blade Runner, loosely based on Philip K Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, was set in 2019 and depicted a future where bioengineered androids, replicants, have come to earth to try and extend their lives. Ford’s Deckard, a former LA detective, is tasked with tracking down a group of particularly dangerous replicants and ‘retiring’ them.
Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove, however, chief of the production company behind the planned sequrel, said last August that Ford wouldn’t be involved.
He said: “In no way do I speak for Ridley Scott but if you’re asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no. This is a total reinvention and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting.”