Blade Runner 2 may be keeping story details locked tight, but it hasn't been shy about advertising the talent involved. From Harrison Ford reprising main protagonist Rick Deckard to the recent casting of Suicide Squad star Jared Leto, the sequel has formed an interesting cast, and they'll be overseen by Sicario director Denis Villeneuve. Now Blade Runner 2 has added another cool collaborator to the mix, as Villeneuve will reunite with composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
While appearing on the Icelandic radio station RUV (via Live for Films), Jóhannsson announced that he'll be scoring Blade Runner 2, saying that the decision for him to be brought aboard was "made a long time ago." This will be his fourth time working with Denis Villeneuve, having previously composed the music for Sicario, Prisoners and the upcoming Arrival. It's also been confirmed he's returning to score Sicario 2. Jóhannsson's Sicario music earned was nominated for the Best Original Score Academy Award in earlier this year, while his work on The Theory of Everything earned him both an Oscar and Grammy nomination last year.
The first Blade Runner was was composed by Vangelis, and many fans will agree that his score was one of the movie's main highlights. Those synthesized notes and gloomy melodies were a perfect fit for the depressing, futuristic noir 2019 Los Angeles setting that Rick Deckard was running around in. That being said, Vangelis hasn't composed a movie soundtrack since 2004's Alexander, so while it would have been great for him to return for the sequel, it makes sense they went with someone knew. Denis Villeneuve already has a great working relationship with Jóhann Jóhannsson, and as far appeal to moviegoers is concerned, the work speaks for itself. This is the kind of person hire to create a unique sound for Blade Runner 2, rather than just copy what was in the first movie.
As mentioned earlier, plot details surrounding Blade Runner 2 are almost nonexistent. All we know is that it will once again be based in Los Angeles, only after three decades, the city has expanded across most of the West Coast. The climate is also out of control, resulting in the oceans, rain and snow being toxic. This will certainly provide extra challenges for conflicts between the humans and Replicants. Aside from Harrison Ford's return, the cast is so far comprised of entirely new faces, including Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi and David Dastmalchian. Ridley Scott was originally going to direct the sequel, but having made way for Denis Villeneuve, now he's attached as an executive producer.
Produced by Alcon Entertainment and currently in the middle of principal photography, Blade Runner 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on October 6, 2017.