With Harrison Ford confirmed to be returning for Blade Runner 2, the big question is the nature of his role. Ridley Scott’s original film left an ambiguous thread dangling over Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, something incoming director Denis Villeneuve plans to address.
Depending on your interpretation of the classic 1982 sci-fi noir, Deckard may have been one of the replicants — artificial humans hiding among the greater population — that he hunted. However, there are so many cuts of the film, and so many ways to read each scene’s meaning, that fans have argued over the contentious twist for decades.
Speaking to Crave Online at the Toronto International Film Festival, Villeneuve says “Now that I am on the other side of the fence I cannot answer [but] the thing I must say is that I love mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it.”
Production on the Blade Runner sequel is set to begin in summer 2016. The screenplay is written by Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original, andMichael Green, and based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott, the latter returning as a producer. Little has been revealed of the story yet, other than it will be set decades later, though Villeneuve’s comments indicate it may deal more intimately with the nature of humanity.
Where the first film was a (very loose) adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the new movie will be a continuation of the cinematic outing and shift the universe even further from Dick’s work. There are also plans to build a Blade Runner franchise off the back of the sequel.
Also set to join the cast alongside Ford is Drive and Only God Forgives actor Ryan Gosling, in an undisclosed role. Rumours surrounding the film indicate that Deckard may not appear until the final act of the film, with speculation that Gosling may be a new lead. The film’s release is not yet known, but with a mid-2016 shoot, 2018 seems a safe bet.