Harrison Ford to return in Blade Runner 2
Craggy leading man confirmed for long-awaited future-noir sequel
Harrison Ford will return to the rain-lashed future-noir streets of Los Angeles in a sequel to Blade Runner, with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve in negotiations to direct. The long-mooted follow-up will be produced by original director Ridley Scott (also recently announced as producer to a sequel of one of his other sci-fi classics, Alien).
Ford and Scott have been tentatively attached to the new film for many years, despite forging a notoriously difficult relationship while making the original. In a November interview with MTV News Ford claimed the screenplay, written by Michael Green and original co-writer Hampton Fancher, was 'the best thing [he'd] ever read'.
Based on Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Scott's Blade Runner was released in June 1982 up against notable sci-fi classics The Thing, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. That poor timing coupled with a mixed critical response saw the film dive at the box office, although it has since gained a huge cult following and critical reappraisal. Unhappy with the final result, Scott has revisited and tweaked the film a number of times, most recently with 2007's The Final Cut.
One of Hollywood's most popular, hard-working and bankable leads, Ford has in recent years returned to some of his most iconic early roles. As well as 2008's divisive Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he's due to reprise the part that made him a star, playing Han Solo in December's Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Blade Runner 2 is rumoured for a 2017 release.