Exclusive: Ryan Gosling Is In Blade Runner 2099 Series As New Character

We've learned that Ryan Gosling will appear in Amazon's upcoming Blade Runner 2099 series, but not as his character from Blade Runner 2049.

By Michileen Martin | Updated

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If there’s one thing replicants like to do, it’s, apparently, replicate. Our trusted and proven sources tell us that Ryan Gosling will be appearing in Amazon‘s upcoming Blade Runner 2099 series, but not as his Blade Runner 2049 character K. Gosling will play a brand new character, and we think it’s likely he will be a replicant just like the character from the 2017 sequel.

It was last September when Deadline confirmed that Ridley Scott, who directed 1982’s Blade Runner, was bringing Blade Runner 2099 to Amazon Prime Video. Besides the fact that it will, as the title suggests, be set 50 years after the sequel film, nothing is known about the plot. Deadline reported the show will be a mini-series comprising of 10 one-hour long episodes.

Since the initial announcement Jeremy Podeswa — from such acclaimed series as Station Eleven, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Game of Thrones — will direct the pilot episode.

With so little revealed about the plot or the cast, it’s impossible to say exactly who Ryan Gosling will play in Blade Runner 2099 or how involved his character will be in the series. Gosling is clearly a sought-after leading man when it comes to film so it would be difficult to imagine him being a part of the project without being a member of the main cast.

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Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049

If Ryan Gosling is, as we assume, playing a replicant in Blade Runner 2099, it will represent something new in the dystopian sci-fi mythos. While we’ve met plenty of replicants in the franchise, we’ve rarely met one replicant who is a physical copy of another. Considering the show is set a half-century after the sequel, perhaps the way replicants are made and used has changed significantly.

Based on the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the first Blade Runner was a box office bomb, but has since attracted a massive following and earned a spot on any worthy list of best science fiction films. The film stars Harrison Ford in a dystopian Los Angeles where he works as the titular officer to hunt down and eliminate rogue replicants — artificially created people whose presence on Earth is illegal.

The last decade or so has seen an uptick in material from the franchise, most notably Blade Runner 2049 which sees Ford return to his role from the first movie and Gosling debut as the replicant K, who has the same job that Ford’s Deckard used to work. Since then fans also got the chance to watch the canonical anime Blade Runner: Black Lotus. By the time Ryan Gosling gets to return in Blade Runner 2099, he’ll be part of a much more crowded franchise.