With production set to begin next month, the cast of Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner 2 keeps growing. Today we have word that the filmmaker will reunite with The Martian star Mackenzie Davis, who has signed on for a role in this long-awaited sequel. No details were given regarding what character she’s playing, but the actress does join an impressive cast.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news, revealing she will star alongside Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Ana de Armas. Very little is known about the story, but it has been confirmed to be set several decades after the 1982 original. Warner Bros. recently pushed back the release date from January 12, 2018 to October 6, 2017, where it will go up against an untitled 20th Century Fox/Marvel movie.
Denis Villeneuve is directing from a script written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. This script succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Ridley Scott is executive producing, with multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sicario, Prisoners) set to reunite with Villeneuve on the project.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to Blade Runner in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Alcon’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers with Ridley Scott and Bill Carraro.
Mackenzie Davis made her feature film debut in the indie drama Breathe In, before moving on to star in Smashed and That Awkward Moment. She also starred in last year’s Freaks of Nature and this year’s A Country Called Home, and she will next be seen in Izzy Gets the F**k Across Town, Always Shine and A Country Called Home. She also stars in AMC’s hit drama series Halt and Catch Fire.