Blade Runner 2 news has had its ups and downs, its release date has been promised for January of 2018. But, original director Ridley Scott has given up the the helm to Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), but he personally created the new story with Hampton Fancher (also co-writer of the original).
Fancher and Michael Green have put together the final screenplay for Blade Runner 2, and star Harrison Ford is set to return as Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling has also been cast in the film.
Now, Variety reports, Robin Wright (House of Cards) is in final negotiations to star in the film. While it’s not yet known what her character in the Blade Runner sequel will be.
The famed actress, known for her breakthrough performance in The Princess Bride, has a colorful resume of films including Forrest Gump, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and last year’s Everest, White Oleander and is currently starring in a Netflix series.
For his part, Harrison Ford was convinced to return for the sequel because it was the “best script” he’d ever been offered. The film will be set about 30 years in the future from the original narrative, which was set in 2019 Los Angeles. The drama will focus on locating Deckard, whom Scott has confirmed was an android replicant himself — apparently one who can survive the four-year encoded lifespan. And whilethe rest of the details of the long awaited sequel are being kept tightly under wraps, director Villeneuve’s assertions that he’s a “hardcore fan” of the original, reveal a desire to deliver an impressive sequel.