Jared Leto has joined Blade Runner 2. The Oscar winner, fresh off his performance as The Joker in Suicide Squad, will join Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright in Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece.
You may recall we reported that we thought he was set for the sic-fi sequel in July (here).
The sequel is reportedly set several decades after the first film in a story which will see Ford reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Additional story details are being kept firmly under wrap at this time.
Blade Runner 2 is scheduled for release in October 2017 – principal photography has already begun.
Villeneuve is assuming directorial duties while Scott will input creatively as a producer. Villeneuve has garnered acclaim recently for gripping thrillers like Prisoners and Sicario and was excited to join the project.
“I’ve always been attracted to science-fiction films with strong visual signatures that lead us into unique parallel worlds and the original Blade Runner is by far the best of all time,” Villeneuve said.
“Ridley Scott had the genius to blend science-fiction and film noir to create this unique exploration of human condition.
“The new Blade Runner is an extension of the first movie a few decades later.”
It is not known if Leto will return to the DC Universe after reports emerged quoting the actor as feeling as though he had been tricked. Leto reportedly said the pitch he received for The Joker and Suicide Squad was wildly different than the finished product, while he has previously expressed disquiet over several of his scenes ending up on the cutting room floor.