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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Adds ‘Captain Phillips’ Star Barkhad Abdi

Written by on June 28, 2016 

Toronto, On- Sep 11, 2015 Barkhad Abdi photographed in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF 2015. Lucas Oleniuk-Toronto Star Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star

With a release date of October 6th, 2017, Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2 still has ample time to add more cast members to its already extensive list. Thanks to EW, we now learn that Barkhad Abdi, break-out star of Captain Phillips and recently part of the Eye in the Sky ensemble, has been added to that list which includes — *deep breath* —  Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, Carla Juri, Ana de Armas, and Sylvia Hoeks.

Between that stellar line-up, Villeneuve stating his passion has always been sci-fi (despite acclaimed successes with Prisoners, Enemy, and Sicario), and this marking his reunion with cinematography maestro Roger DeakinsBlade Runner 2 is shaping up to be something worth talking about. Principal photography is scheduled for July.

Until more news breaks on the Alcon Entertainment/WB project, watch a documentary on the making of the original Blade Runner below, as well as a frame-by-frame reconstruction of the film using an artificial neural network, explained here.

Blade Runner 2 will be released October 6th, 2017, following Villeneuve’s Arrival this November.

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