Alcon Entertainment has announced that Ryan Gosling (Drive, Only God Forgives) has taken the new lead role in Blade Runner 2, the film which is a direct sequel to original 1982 film will see a new character take-on the protagonist role in the film. Harrison Ford‘s Deckard will return but is expected not to show-up until the third act. This isn’t the first time Gosling has flirted with science fiction, he was once attached for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s remake of Logan’s Run.
Check out the full press release below (via The Playlist).
LOS ANGELES, CA, APRIL 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to BLADE RUNNER, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Harrison Ford will co-star as Rick Deckard, the role he portrayed in the original directed by Scott.
Principal photography is set to start in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Scott.
The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Story details, as well as Gosling’s character, are not being revealed.
Gosling will be seen next in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe, and in Terrence Malick’s Weightless. He is currently in production starring opposite Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Steve Carrell in The Big Short.
Villeneuve’s upcoming feature film Sicario, a drug-trafficking drama starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro from Black Label Media, has been recently announced in Competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Villeneuve previously worked with Kosove and Johnson as the director of Alcon’s critically acclaimed Prisoners.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the prequel and sequel film, television and ancillary franchise rights to the iconic science-fiction thriller BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from producers Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, who will serve as producers on the sequel along Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.