Largely flying under the radar since the project was announced in 2018, the Blade Runner animated series is finally set to debut later this year, and has today revealed its English language voice cast.
Playing the lead character of Elle, a mysterious female replicant, is Jessica Henwick, who will be familiar to most readers for her roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (as Resistance pilot Jessika Pava), Game of Thrones (as Nymeria Sand), and Marvel shows Iron Fist, The Defenders, and Luke Cage (as Colleen Wing).
Other notable names joining Henwick include Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine), Samira Wiley (The Handmaid's Tale), Stephen Root (True Blood), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Josh Duhamel (Transformers), and Brian Cox (the legendary actor, not that physicist fellow). Cox will portray the founder of the Wallace Corporation, the company that succeeded the Tyrell Corporation of Ridley Scott’s original film and would go on to continue the manufacturing of the controversial Nexus replicants.
The show will not be the first animated story to be told in the Blade Runner universe, of course, with a trio of excellent shorts released alongside Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 in 2017. This new 13-part series – entitled Blade Runner: Black Lotus - will be set directly after the events of one such short, Black Out 2022. If you missed it back then, here’s the short film in full:
Blade Runner: Black Lotus will make its debut at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con on July 23rd, with a full release courtesy of Adult Swim later this year.