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If you thought Star Wars: Episode VII‘s Han Solo was the only iconic character Harrison Ford would be reprising soon, you might be in for a big, aged surprise. In direct opposition to everyone saying that the esteemed actor (repli)can’t return to the Blade Runner universe as the formidable Rick Deckard, Alcon Entertainment has officially put out a public offer to Ford, saying the job is his if he’s up for it. This is truly how most jobs should get filled these days.
(Hey, Bill Nye. Want to work with Giant Freakin’ Robot?)
It would be one thing if Alcon were just testing the waters to see if Ford was interested before they went into creating Blade Runner 2, but the casting process is pretty much all that’s left for them to do before going into pre-production mode. In 2011, the studio acquired the film, TV, and ancillary rights to Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 thriller and immediately started working on a sensible follow-up with a goal of staying true to its predecessor. They signed up Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher, and eventually paired him (for some ungodly reason) with Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green. Scott actually attached himself to direct almost as soon as the project got started. All they need now is a recognizable face or two.
And so Alcon released this message earlier today:
We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project.
Rumors have been flying around for months now concerning Ford’s willingness to return to the role. But that was all seemingly put to rest last month, when Ford announced during his Reddit AMA that he would be “very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again” on the sequel “if it’s a good script.” I guess that’s why Alcon led with the claim that they’re proud of the new story. Somebody get him a copy of that script! Maybe he can read it while eating chocolates with his fellow Star Wars mates, as seen in one of Carrie Fisher’s recently unveiled private photos seen below.
If Ford does sign on, that’ll open the floodgates for other actors to come in for parts new and old. (We know Sean Young wants to come back.) With no clue of what the script actually consists of, we can’t even tell how big of a part Deckard has, or where the story would go. Hell, we don’t even know when this movie would get made, as Scott recently joined talks to direct an adaptation of Andy Weir’s excellent space survival novel The Martian.
So, readers. Blade Runner 2: Yea or nay?