Sean Young Will Boycott The Blade Runner Sequel If She Isn’t In It
So it’s no surprise by now that a Blade Runner sequel is coming, and that it’s being written by the guy that wrote Green Lantern. I kind of have to take a deep breath and try not to push my hand into an open flame whenever that comes up. While some fans of the original will definitely be on board, because that’s what fandom is all about, others will stay away, not wanting to witness a potential insult to a beloved sci-fi classic. Actress Sean Young, however, might be avoiding the film for an altogether different reason, as she tells Entertainment Weekly that if she doesn’t make it into the sequel, everyone should boycott it. Given this was a written interview rather than a video one, it isn’t clear just how far into her cheek her tongue is. But she sounds like she means it.
When asked if she was involved, she said, “Alcon — they’re the ones that own it and apparently they have Ridley to direct it — and when I met with them they didn’t make any offer/plans to include me. And when I called Ridley Scott’s office, he doesn’t call me back. So I guess they’re going to go, like, prequel, or…I don’t know what they’re going to do.” And if the film is indeed a prequel, which isn’t official or anything especially given Harrison Ford’s possible inclusion, it would make sense that Young wouldn’t be able to reprise her role as the cigarette smoking replicant Rachael. But if it is indeed a sequel that allows for the original actors to com back, then why not include her? While we have no answer for that, we do know that Young wants everyone to leave this movie behind if she isn’t involved.
“But my official opinion is that, if they don’t include me in it, everybody should boycott it,” she told EW. “Because it’s stupid not to have me in it. It’s really stupid. That’s my opinion! I mean, you try to tell people something sensible in Hollywood and sometimes they just don’t listen, you know. And they usually pay the price, too, because everybody’s an expert.”
I have to wonder if she’s saying this in response to singer Katy Perry’s outlandish desire to take over the role, which would definitely cause a boycott for some fans. Again, Perry’s involvement would make arguable sense if it was a prequel, but dammit, we just don’t know if that’s the case yet.
Incidentally, you can catch Young in the upcoming horror film Jug Face, which is getting much more acclaim than its name might imply, at least for a low-budget horror.
How do you guys feel about this? Are you all about a sequel? Are you all about a prequel? Does Young’s involvement matter? Tell us after you watch the film’s original trailer.