Production is already underway on the set of Blade Runner 2 – but that hasn’t prevented Denis Villeneuve’s sequel from scooping up some last-minute talent to add to its already jam-packed ensemble.
Hot off his turn in The Walking Dead season 6, it is Lennie James that will join the sci-fi sequel’s crowded roster. No word yet on who James will be playing (Replicant? Human?), all we know is that he’ll be rubbing shoulders with Harrison Ford’s Deckard, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Guardians fan-favorite Dave Bautista and Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi.
That makes for quite the enviable casting docket, which is reason enough for us to lend Warner and Alcon Entertainment’s long-rumored follow-up the benefit of the doubt. That, coupled with Villeneuve’s recent track record (read: Prisoners and the Emily Blunt-fronted actioner Sicario) which has witnessed the filmmaker shoot to the tip-top of Hollywood’s most wanted list.
Yes, Blade Runner 2 may be treading on what cinephiles consider hallowed ground, but all signs point to Villeneuve and Co. delivering the goods, and the first concept art recently beckoned us back to the drenched streets of neo-Los Angeles.
Denis Villeneuve will ask whether Androids Dream of Electric Sheep when Blade Runner 2 check into theaters on October 6, 2017. It holds a release date once occupied by Alien Covenant, and now the sequel to Ridley Scott’s other sci-fi great is set to slither onto the scene in August of 2017.