The Blade Runner 2 cast continues to grow as the film’s July production start-date approaches. It was announced today that actress Mackenzie Davis has joined the ensemble, which now includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Slyvia Hoeks, and Carla Juri. Davis is probably best known for her role on the AMC drama series Halt and Catch Fire, but first broke out in Drake Doremus’ underseen 2013 feature Breathe In and had subsequent roles in the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment and Best Picture nominee The Martian.
As with nearly every casting announcement for Blade Runner 2, there are no details on Davis’ role. While the sequel first originated with Ridley Scott and screenwriter Hampton Fancher, Scott’s schedule became too busy to direct, and Prisoners and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve subsequently signed on—which is for the best, really. Villeneuve is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the dystopian sci-fi genre. Although we will get a taste of Villeneuve sci-fi in the form of the first-contact drama Story of Your Life, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, which opens in theaters sometime later this year.
Villeneuve’s Prisoners and Sicario cinematographer Roger Deakins is shooting the untitled Blade Runner sequel, marking his first foray in the sci-fi genre since the 1984 George Orwell adaptation 1984. Ford is reprising his role as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2, which takes place several decades after the 1982 original. But with regards to plot or character details, that’s all we’ve got at the moment.
The film is slate for release on October 6, 2017.