Harrison Ford confirmed for Blade Runner sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve

Big news concerning Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel, with the studio officially confirming that Harrison Ford will return for a second outing as Rick Deckard.

It isn’t clear just how big Ford’s role will be, although Ridley Scott has previously been quoted as saying he will play a pivotal part in the film’s third act. Scott devised the story for the sequel alongside screenwriter Hampton Fancher, who has co-written the script with Michael Green.

The new film will begin shooting in summer 2016, with the official press release also revealing that Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to fill the director’s chair.

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” reads a joint quote from Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

“Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.”

No release date has been confirmed as yet, although it is expected that the film will arrive at some point in 2017.