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Harrison Ford, who’s already revisiting a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars, soon may reprise another early iconic role. No, not Indiana Jones (although another film seems inevitable), but rather Rick Deckard.
Deadline reports Alcon Entertainment has made an offer to the veteran actor to play the bounty hunter in Ridley Scott’s sequel to his 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
Ford revealed last fall that he’d been talking with the filmmaker about the followup, saying, “I would be very happy to engage again with him in the further telling of this story,” so it’s little surprise that matters have progressed beyond that. However, Deadline notes it’s a little unusual that a production company would send out a press release announcing the offer.
Alcon in 2011 acquired the rights to produce prequels and sequels based on Blade Runner, and hired first original screenwriter Hampton Fancher and then Michael Green to pen the follow-up. Although few details are known, Scott has said it will feature a female lead.
Set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019, Blade Runner starred Ford as Rick Deckard, a police operative who hunts down and terminates replicants, or “skin jobs,” genetically engineered organic robots whose use on Earth is banned. Although retired, Deckard reluctantly agrees to take one more assignment: to find a brutal group of replicants hiding in the sprawling city. The film also featured Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah and M. Emmet Walsh.