Man at His Best

Harrison Ford will return to star in Blade Runner 2

A headline we never thought we'd read

BY MATT MILLER | Jan 27, 2016 | Film & TV

Photograph from Esquire US

Though Blade Runner only achieved modest box office success when it was released in 1982, it has gone on to become one of the most influential science fiction films of all time.

It has also led to a decades-long debate: is Harrison Ford's main character Rick Deckard, actually one of the replicants—robots designed to look identical to humans to work in hazardous off-planet zones—that he's been charged with hunting down.

The answer has been only further muddied through the various versions of the film that've been released over the years. At long last, Ridley Scott, the film's director, chimed in a few years ago to say that Deckard really was a replicant, which made it pretty unlikely that he could possibly return in a sequel.

"It's not a rumor—it's happening," Scott said in an interview in 2012 about Blade Runner 2. "With Harrison Ford? I don't know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don't know how long he can live. And that's all I'm going to say at this stage."

Seems pretty cut and dry. But, now that Scott's no longer on board to direct, things have officially changed. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Ford will return for Blade Runner 2 to star alongside Ryan Gosling.

Any doubts you might have at this point (and let's face it: there should be many), may be quelled somewhat knowing that it is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), and the screenplay, which "takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original," was written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green.

We'll leave you with Rutger Hauer's unbelievable "Tears in the Rain" speech from the end of the original Blade Runner:

First published in Esquire US.