Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Jared Leto joins Blade Runner sequel

Just when you thought Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) had filled every main cast position he could on the Blade Runner sequel, along comes someone new. Despite the cameras having been rolling for a while, news arrives via Deadline that Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) has joined the still untitled science fiction follow-up.

The sequel, scripted by Michael Green (Green Lantern) and co-writer of the original Hampton Fancher, is set decades after the original, at a time when Earth's environment is in an even worse condition than it was. Beyond that, we still don't know much about the story, though Harrison Ford is set to return as Rick Deckard.

And that information lockout means there is no information on what Leto might be doing in the movie, but he joins an eclectic cast including Ryan Gosling (Drive), Robin Wright (House Of Cards), Ana de Armas (Knock Knock), Sylvia Hoeks (The Best Offer), Carla Juri (Wetlands), Mackenzie Davis (The Martian), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man), Hiam Abbass (Exodus: Gods And Kings), Lennie James (The Walking Dead) and Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy).

With Ridley Scott aboard as executive producer, the new Blade Runner instalment will be out on 6 October next year.

Leto, meanwhile, is currently on our screens as The Joker in David Ayer's (Fury) Suicide Squad. We can only hope he will feel better about the outcome of this next job...

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