34 years is a pretty long time to wait for a sequel, especially if the film you're waiting for is Ridley Scott's original Blade Runner. While the world would have never guessed it, the announcement of a second film based in the world of one of Philip K. Dick's most iconic novels is something that fans are now looking forward to, with the prospect of seeing director Denis Villeneuve's continuation of Ridley Scott's original universe exciting most everyone that's heard about it. Obviously with this new sequel, produced by current rights holder Alcon Entertainment, comes a cast list of actors, both returning and debuting, to the Blade Runner universe; ready to bring new life to an old classic. Here now is the complete listing, which was previously broken by /Film, of who we know will be in the long awaited sequel.
Coming off of a stint in Marvel's Ant-Man, David Dastmalchian is proving to be having quite the life as a successful character actor. Dastmalchian has previously worked with director Denis Villeneuve, as he had a role in the 2013 drama, Prisoners; but perhaps his greatest claim to fame is the fact that he was one of the Joker's henchmen in The Dark Knight. No word yet on what his role is in Blade Runner 2, but we wouldn't be surprised if he was one of the more menacing Replicants in the bunch.
Coming from the Ridley Scott side of the house, actor Hiam Abbass has been cast after her work in RIdley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings clearly put in the good word for her abilities as an actor. Abbass has also been in movies such as Munich and Rock The Kasbah, with more of an emphasis on independent and foreign film being placed in her career.
Ana de Armas
A relative newcomer, Ana de Armas has a couple of major credits to her name, and the first one's a doozy, considering she was one of the two women terrorizing Keanu Reeves in Eli Roth's sexual thriller Knock Knock. In fact, between her previous role's pedigree and the sort of dangerous look she carries off if she smiles the right way, we could be looking at the next generation equivalent of Daryl Hannah's Pris. We'll get to see de Armas in another major film credit before her work in Blade Runner 2, as she'll appear in Todd Phillips' War Dogs later this year.
After his Oscar-nominated debut in Captain Phillips, Barkhad Abdi has been slowly but surely making a name for himself with roles in other films like Eye In The Sky and The Brothers Grimsby. Still, we can't help but become excited at the prospect of Abdi working with Denis Villeneuve on Blade Runner 2, as he continues to add to the eclectic and diverse cast assembled for this film.
Swiss actress Carla Juri may have landed a role in Blade Runner 2, but there are two other roles that she'll more than likely have drawn notice from. The first is the extreme sex comedy Wetlands, in which she plays the profane and intentionally disgusting Helen. But more recently, Juri can be seen in the indie comedy hit Morris From America, which is set to premiere in America on August 19th. This leads us to believe that Carla Juri could be playing a lighter role in the compliment of cast members assembled, though we could be wrong.
Out of the entire Blade Runner 2 cast, Sylvia Hoeks is comparatively the new kid on the block. With The Best Offer taking the place as her most high profile performance, Hoeks has everything to gain for taking part in Denis Villeneuve's sequel to Blade Runner. Though she's far from the last cast member on the Blade Runner 2 roster, as the real heavy hitters start to come into play on the next page.