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October 6, 2016

Blade Runner sequel title officially revealed


Sara Vilkomerson / Entertainment Weekly

‘Blade Runner 2049’ will be released on Oct. 6, 2017 — exactly one year from today

The highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel finally has a name: Blade Runner 2049.

With plot points kept mostly under wraps, let the guessing games begin! Here’s what we do know: Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard — his iconic role from the 1982 original — alongside Ryan Gosling, to say nothing of an impressive supporting cast that includes Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Lennie James, and Barkhad Abdi.

Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario and the upcoming Arrival), told EW that the events in the new film take place several decades after the Ridley Scott-directed original, and the setting is once again a future dystopian Los Angeles. Hampton Fancher, who was responsible for turning Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into the Blade Runner screenplay, has returned for its sequel, along with Michael Green (Alien: Covenant). It was Fancher who was able to soothe Villeneuve’s pre-production nerves. “He told me thatBlade Runner was a dream. We just have to dream again and not worry too much about logic. That removed so much pressure and gave me the key to move forward.”

Blade Runner 2049, from Alcon Entertainment, will arrive in theaters one year from today on Oct. 6, 2017. You can see a new photo of Villeneuve, Scott, Ford, and Gosling on the film’s set below.