June 7, 2016
Mackenzie Davis Joins ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel
Justin Kroll / Variety
“The Martian” actress Mackenzie Davis has joined Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in Alcon’s “Blade Runner” sequel.
Robin Wright is also on board with “Sicario” director Denis Villeneuve helming.
The sequel, set several decades after the original, is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.” Story details are not being revealed.
The film is set to bow on Oct. 6, 2017.
Warner Bros. is handling domestic distribution and Sony will handle international distribution.
Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to “Blade Runner” in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.
Ridley Scott will serve as executive producer. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEOs of Thunderbird Films, will also serve as executive producers along with Bill Carraro.
Vancouver-born Davis studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Shortly thereafter, she was discovered by director Drake Doremus for her acting debut in the 2013 independent feature film “Breathe” co-starring alongside Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones and Amy Ryan. Her recent films include the Oscar-nominated drama “The Martian” and the comedy “That Awkward Moment” starring Zac Efron.
Davis is represented by UTA and Thruline Entertainment.