We have been so busy with all the updates on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus that the news of a possible sequel to his iconic movie, Blade Runner, has almost been forgotten. Today however we have news that Harrison Ford, the star of the original sci-fi movie, who played the lead role of replicant hunter Rick Deckard, will probably star in the sequel in some form. Ridley Scott has revealed that it might not be a starring role, but at this stage, Harrison will appear in the sequel, somewhere. Woot!
In an interview with the Independent, Scott said he hoped Ford would take a guest role in the planned project. “I don’t think it’ll be Harry [starring],” he said. “But I’ve got to have him in it somewhere. That’d be amusing.”
It emerged earlier this year that Ford was in talks for the new Blade Runner film, which has since been revealed as a sequel with a female protagonist at its core. The actor, now 69, played the lead role of replicant hunter Rick Deckard in Scott’s classic 1982 future noir. Scott’s involvement was revealed in March last year and followed his decision to return to science fiction film-making after three decades with Prometheus, a film “set in the same universe” as 1979 futuristic horror Alien.
Blade Runner recently took the top spot in SFX magazine’s poll of the top 100 science fiction, fantasy and horror movies of all time. When it first came out the movie wasn’t a huge success, but over time it has become that way, thanks in part to the 1992 director’s cut version. Harrison Ford was central to the original Blade Runner movie and his involvement in the sequel, even in a cameo role, would be amazing. I have no doubt that they are doing all they can to get him on board.
I’m pretty excited about this movie. It was such a significant movie of my youth, I studied it for my final high school exams, and Harrison Ford was so iconic in it. In the mean time all the talk is about Scott’s current movie, Prometheus, which stars Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce, but watch out for more Blade Runner news – it is definitely on the go and all happening!