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Alcon Entertainment has shot down a weekend rumor that Blade Runner star Harrison Ford is in early talks to reprise his role as Deckard in director Ridley Scott’s follow-up to the sci-fi classic. However, Deadline reports, it’s not because the production company doesn’t want to work with the Hollywood veteran — it’s that the project is nowhere near the casting stage.
“It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner,” Alcon’s Andrew Kosove told the website. “To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we’re going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it. The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment.”
It also sounds like the next Blade Runner film won’t be a traditional sequel or prequel, but will take place within the same universe. “What Ridley does in Prometheus is a good template for what we’re trying to do,” he said. “He created something that has some association to the original Alien, but lives on its own as a standalone movie.”
When pressed, Kosove did say there is a possibility that Ford’s Deckard would appear int he new film, but also pointed out that it’s still too early to tell. “In advance of knowing what we’re going to do, I supposed you could say yes, he could,” he said. “But I think it is quite unlikely.”