Last spring, we reported that Ryan Gosling was in negotiations to appear in Blade Runner 2, the sequel to director Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 science-fiction noir thriller. But since then, there has been no new word on the project. Now, though, Gosling has confirmed that he will indeed be appearing in the film.
Speaking with Collider while doing the publicity rounds for his latest film The Big Short, which opens next month, Gosling stated that –
[T]he participation of [director Denis] Villeneuve and [cinematographer Roger] Deakins encouraged him to sign on along with the script, but joked “there’s a chip in me and if I say anything more I’ll explode if I say anything else.” However, he did add that it’s the next film he’s planning to shoot.
Original Blade Runner director, Ridley Scott, is producing this sequel while he is off shooting his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenent.
Understandably, Gosling couldn’t go into any further details, but last spring’s casting story did cite that his role in Blade Runner 2 would be a lead one alongside Harrison Ford, who will be reprising his role of futuristic replicant hunter Rick Deckard (who, spoiler for a three decades old movie, may be a replicant himself).
Blade Runner 2 had been thought to begin shooting sometime next summer for a 2017 release. If Gosling is expecting it to be his next project, than he is either taking a little time off before reporting to Blade Runner 2’s set, or the start date has been moved forward. Either way, with productio getting closer, we can expect to hear some more Blade Runner 2 casting news in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.