No, this is not a Joke. Jared Leto, seen most recently as the Clown Prince of Crime in the Suicide Squad, has joined the Blade Runner 2 cast, just before the film is scheduled to go into production. According to Deadline, as is the case with most of the Blade Runner 2 casting announcements, there aren’t really any additional details regarding Leto’s role in the film, which is a direct sequel to the original Blade Runner.
The Current Blade Runner 2 Cast
Leto joins a cast already packed with star power that includes Harrison Ford (reprising his role as Deckard), Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Alcon Entertainment (who own the rights to the Blade Runner franchise and are producing the new film) co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson had this to say regarding the casting of Leto, “We are thrilled that Jared has agreed to play a key role in the BLADE RUNNER sequel. He is a phenomenal actor, and we know he will create a truly memorable, never before seen character.”
The movie is being directed by Denis Villeneuve, most well known for the excellent drama Prisoners and, more recently, the dense, thrilling cartel thriller Sicario.
What’s Blade Runner 2 About?
Sadly, very few plot details are available for Blade Runner 2. We do know that it will be a direct sequel and pick up several decades after the events of the first movie. In addition, one thing that the film will answer, according to Villeneuve, is the central question of whether Deckard is a replicant or not. Speaking to reporters last year at a premiere for Sicario, he said this:
“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.”
This has long been a running debate among fans of the movie, though Ridley Scott, who directed the original film, thinks Deckard is a replicant. Star Harrison Ford, on the other hand, believes Deckard is human.
As mentioned, the film is set to go into production next month and is currently slated for an October 6th, 2017 release date.
So, what do you think? Is Leto coming onboard in a villainous capacity?
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