Original Replicant Returning for BLADE RUNNER 2049

Written by Andrew Pollard Tuesday, 03 January 2017

Movie News

With the first teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 debuting just before the recent festivities, now comes word that one of the original movie’s replicants will be making an appearance in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 effort.

A report originating from The Terminator Fans claims that one of the four replicants from Scott’s Blade Runner will be present in Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up. From apparent sources close to the production, the report states that somebody from the original film will appear in the sequel, and that similar techniques will be deployed to the ones used to have Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin appear in Rogue One and a younger Arnold Schwarzenegger feature in Terminator Genisys.

What isn’t known at this stage, however, is just which replicant will be brought back for Blade Runner 2049. In the original movie, there was Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty, Daryl Hannah’s Pris, Sean Young’s Rachael, and then the whole debate over whether or not Harrison Ford’s Deckard was indeed a replicant as well. Already Denis Villeneuve has said how the mystery behind Deckard will be addressed in the sequel, so we’ll just have to wait and see how all of this plays out. If we're speculating at this stage, we'd suggest an appearance from a younger Deckard last seen in Blade Runner as well as the older version that's already been confirmed.

The official blurb on Blade Runner 2049 reads:

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

As well as Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, the sequel, which is currently set for an October 6th release, will also feature Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Lennie James, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, and Carla Juri.

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