Yesterday, Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson announced Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks was cast in a leading role in the currently-untitled Blade Runner sequel, starring Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, David Bautista and Ana de Armas featuring the return of Harrison Ford as the first film’s protagonist Rick Deckard.
On last week’s Heroic Insider, hosts Umberto Gonzalez and Daniel Alter were joined by film biz reporter at TheWrap Jeff Sneider and offered some hints about the plot of Blade Runner 2 and how Ford and Gosling’s new lead will interact. You can watch by watching the embed below. I seriously recommend the whole show if you want to be entertained and be in the know on Hollywood scoops BUT if you’re lazy skip to 11:32.
“I found it interesting how Gosling jumped Ford in the press releases from Alcon. He’s positioned as the lead with first billing. And from what I understand about Blade Runner, I think that it’s possible Robin Wright’s character is going to hire Gosling’s character to investigate the disappearance of her daughter, or someone like that. And then maybe he runs into Harrison Ford along the way.
I think you’re going to see a couple more young actresses join Blade Runner 2. I think they are thinking big and about further installments.”
Sneider’s comments were prophetic as not long after, de Armas joined the cast, possibly as Robin Wright’s character’s missing daughter who Gosling’s lead is hired to find, setting up a Han Solo-esque return for Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard in Act 2. Details on Hoeks’ role are under-lock-and-key other than it is a leading one.
Producer Ridley Scott handed directorial reins to acclaimed Prisoners and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve, a perfect fit for this world if ever there was one. Scott meanwhile chose instead to make his other sci-fi sequel, the Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant. Beyond seeming more emotionally-connected to the Alien franchise he started, Scott was characteristically frank last year about his reasons for making more Alien films:
“Star Wars will be a juggernaut. Why do you think I’m doing sequels?”