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Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner Sequel Will ‘Definitely’ Boast Female Lead

As most people are still trying to figure out how Prometheus fits with director Ridley Scott’s earlier sci-fi masterpiece Alien, there’s still the matter of what’s happening with the follow-up to Blade Runner. Word broke in August that Scott would return for the sequel, supposedly right after he finished Prometheus. Instead, though, the director shifted gears and is next directing the original Cormac McCarthy screenplay The Counselor.

Scott spoke recently with The Daily Beast, mostly about Prometheus and making movies with strong female leads, but he did say one thing about another Blade Runner movie: “Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.”

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter passes along the announcement that Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original film, is in talks with Scott and Alcon Entertainment to pen “an idea” for the follow-up. Note that the trade paper says “an idea,” not the script. Scott had said in November that they were close to nailing down a screenwriter.

What else do we know about the new film? Well, it’s supposedly set in the same world but further down the line, time-wise. There were also rumors that Harrison Ford was in talks for some kind of role, but the producers squashed that back in November … because it was too soon for casting talks, not necessarily because the actor won’t be in the film. Scott referred to the film as a sequel, which should squash some confusion. But don’t expect a traditional one; that doesn’t sound like his style.

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