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Long-awaited sci-fi sequels have a nasty habit of not delivering the goods when they finally hit theaters; we're looking at you, Independence Day: Resurgence. That being said, we still find ourselves very excited about Blade Runner 2. The follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 classic will catch up with Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard decades after his hunt for the rogue replicants, and introduce him to a whole new world populated by some truly impressive personalities. In fact, it looks like the upcoming Blade Runner sequel has just added some extra Oscar gold to its roster, as we've just learned that Jared Leto has signed on to the film's ensemble.
According to The Wrap, it seems that rock star turned Oscar winner turned Joker, Jared Leto, has officially signed on for a role in Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner 2. The exact nature of the role remains unclear, but given Leto's acting resume in recent years we can likely expect some truly outlandish and off the wall behavior. He's already a fairly off-kilter human being as it is, so the idea of him playing a replicant doesn't seem too farfetched. Leto even became infamous for mailing dead animals to his Suicide Squad co-stars, so we're kind of starting to worry about those electric sheep that androids dream of.
Jared Leto represents the latest in a long line of stellar A-listers to join the cast of the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. In addition to the most recent Joker, Blade Runner 2 has also enlisted the acting talents of Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, and Dave Bautista -- just to name a few. And of course, the movie wouldn't be complete without the return of Deckard himself, Harrison Ford, who seems intent on making sure that every single one of his most iconic characters remains firmly his for the foreseeable future.
Blade Runner 2 has also assembled an incredibly potent creative force behind the scenes as well. In addition to the phenomenal cast that Jared Leto has just rounded out, the film will be directed by Sicario's Denis Villeneuve and based on a screenplay penned by original Blade Runner scribe Hampton Fancher and comic book writer Michael Green. Beyond that, although original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott will not return behind the camera, he will still maintain an active role in the film's production as an executive producer. All of the ingredients seem to be in place for a Blade Runner sequel that honors the source material while still moving in a new direction for a new generation.
CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant details related to Blade Runner 2 (as well as Jared Leto's involvement) as more information becomes available to us. Blade Runner 2 will hit theaters next fall on October 6, 2017. Stay tuned for more details so they don't get lost -- like tears in rain.