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In 1982, the original Blade Runner was released, loosely based on the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. The film became a cult classic featuring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The sequel, titled Blade Runner 2049, will star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, and is scheduled for release in October.

Image from Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner: A Cult Classic from 1982

Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, is a dystopian film set in Los Angeles in the year 2019. Genetically engineered beings called ‘replicants’ have been created to look and act like human adults. They are kept separate from humans and kept hidden on off-world colonies. If any of them make their way back to Earth, a special police force known as Blade Runners would eliminate them. A retired Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), meets Rachel, played by Sean Young, who changes his perspective on the humanity of the replicants.

In 1983, the film received the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, an award given to pieces of science fiction or fantasy, and has remained a classic in the science fiction genre since.

Blade Runner 2049

This brings us to the release of Blade Runner 2049 on October 6th, 2017. LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) discovers a secret that could destroy the rest of society. In the process, he finds former LAPD Officer Rick Deckard, who used to be a Blade Runner, but went missing 30 years prior.


The Blade Runner 2049 Cast

Blade Runner has a cast of other familiar faces that will contribute to the firepower of the movie. Here are some notable names:

  • Ana De Armas – An actress who worked on War Dogs, which was nominated for a Golden Globe. She also worked on Hands of Stone with Robert De Niro and Usher Raymond.
  • MacKenzie Davis – This actress is known for her role as Yorkie in the third season of Black Mirror. She was also in The Martian with Matt Damon.
  • Sylvia Hoeks – An actress from the Netherlands, this woman has a number of credits in television series that are unknown to many in the west. Her list of work can be found here.
  • Lennie James – This actor is known for his role as Morgan in The Walking Dead. He’s also in an amusing movie called Snatch alongside Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, and Benicio Del Toro.
  • Carla Juri – Born in Switzerland, she is known for the film Brimstone. Much of her work isn’t known in the west.
  • Robin WrightHouse of Cards, Wonder Woman, The Princess Bride, and Forest Gump—this actress has a number of fantastic work under her belt. She also played roles in White Oleander, Beowulf, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Money Ball.
  • Dave Bautista – This guy is a power house in his own right, and has acted in amazing movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre, and Riddick.
  • Jared Leto – A man that needs no introduction, but is a musician-turned-acting with roles in Suicide Squad, Requiem for a Dream, and Fight Club

Final Thoughts

Harrison Ford reprises his role much like he does with the Indiana Jones series, and by doing so, adds power to the film. Ryan Gosling has taken on a number of stellar roles that make him a perfect fit in Blade Runner 2049. It will be interesting to see what happens with this new film, but the anticipation will have to wait until October 6th! The production can be followed on Twitter.

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