'Blade Runner 2' release date brought forward
Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright will star alongside Harrison Ford in long-awaited sequel
Press Damian Jones, 20th April 2016 The release date for the forthcoming Blade Runner 2 movie has been brought forward.
The long-awaited sequel was due to open in cinemas on January 12, 2018. But the date has now been brought forward, with the film scheduled to hit cinemas three months early on October 6, 2017, reports Comicbook.com.
It is due to start shooting this July. Ryan Gosling is confirmed to be joining Harrison Ford, along with House Of Cards actress Robin Wright. The creators are thought to have been chasing Wright to take on one of the film’s three key female roles, but previously she had scheduling conflicts with the Netflix series, which also stars Kevin Spacey.
Although Gosling recently confirmed he will be appearing in the sequel, he did not reveal his character's name or any plot details, saying: "There's a chip in me and if I say anything more I'll explode if I say anything else."
Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) will direct from a script written by Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the original, and Michael Green, who is also working on Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel.
The idea for the film, which is understood to take place several decades after the conclusion of Blade Runner, was devised by Scott and Fancher. Scott has previously revealed that Ford's iconic character Rick Deckard will not appear in the entirety of Blade Runner 2, saying: "Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act."
The original 1982 film was based on a 1968 novel by Philip K. Dick titled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Blade Runner: The Final Cut, the only version of the original film over which Scott had complete creative control, was re-released in UK cinemas last April.