Direct Denis Villeneuve‘s (Sicario) upcoming Blade Runner sequel has signed on it’s latest recruit, the international actress Ana de Armas (Knock Knock). As the latest addition to the cast, de Armas joins Harrison Ford, who returns in the iconic role of Richard Deckard, Ryan Gosling, who has been attached to the sci-fi sequel in an unknown lead since last year, and new recruits Robin Wright and Dave Bautista, both of whom are also taking on unknown roles. You might have guessed by this point, but details on de Armas role are also scant at present, though the press release does state she’s signed on in a “leading role”.
Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, who announced de Armas’ casting, stated: “We think Ana is one of the most exciting, up-and-coming international actors in the world today, and we are thrilled she will be playing such an important part in this sequel.”
To date, the Cuban born actress has largely appeared in Spanish-speaking features and is still a relative unknown in the states. However, de Armas recently starred alongside Keanu Reeves in the Eli Roth erotic thriller Knock Knock (and again in the less-seen crime thriller Exposed). Later this year, she will appear alongside Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez in The Weinstein Company’s boxing biopic Hands of Stone, and Warner Bros. comedic drama War Dogs with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.
The as yet untitled Blade Runner sequel is scripted by Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green, based on a story by Fancher and Ridley Scott (who remains on board as executive producer). The story continues several decades after the events of the original film, which was set in a dystopian futuristic Los Angeles — well, futuristic at the time — the film was set in 2019. Blade Runner 2 reunites Villeneuve with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, who previously shot Prisoners and Sicario for the director. Blade Runner 2 begins production July 2016 for a recently bumped-up October 6, 2017 theatrical release.
What do you guys think? Replicant or human? Do you like de Armas for the role? If not, why are you being so mean? You don’t even know what the role is! Sound off in the comments with your thoughts.