Seven years (already, can you believe it?!) after Denis Villeneuve dazzled audiences with Blade Runner 2049, Blade Runner is heading to the small screen in Amazon’s upcoming series Blade Runner 2099, with news that the inimitable, ever-talented, Oscar-winning actress Michelle Yeoh has signed on to star!

Ridley Scott, the mind behind the original Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford, is executive producing the live action series, with Blade Runner 2099 reportedly a follow-up to the events of the film sequel, 2049. As Deadline writes in their exclusive, “the latest instalment of the neo-noir sci-fi franchise will be set 50 years after the sequel”.

Silka Luisa, best known for Shining Girls, is on board to write, showrun and executive produce. Jonathan van Tulleken (Shōgun) will direct and executive produce the first two episodes.

Released in 1982, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was a loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The movie followed a Blade Runner Rick Deckard, who had to pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, having returned to Earth to find their creator. In Villeneuve’s sequel, which starred Ryan Gosling as Blade Runner K, followed K’s search for Deckard, who’d been missing for thirty years. Ford returned to his iconic role.

There’s no info yet on the plot of 2099, but with Michelle Yeoh attached, we can only imagine it’s going to be a must-see.

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