We all know that original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott has gotten the band back together to finally make a sequel to the 1982 classic. Now we’re starting to get a real feel for what the much-anticipated followup is going to look like.
Executive Producer Scott convinced Harrison Ford to reprise one of his signature roles, grizzled cop Rick Deckard, alongside Ryan Gosling as new replicant hunter Officer K, in a story from original co-scripter Hampton Fancher.
So far we’ve seen some promising stills and footage, but anyone can string together a few eye-popping images. Can director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) deliver an entire movie worthy of following in the footsteps of Scott’s visually stunning masterpiece? The early evidence suggests that he can! Check it:
After hearing virtually nothing about Blade Runner 2049 after the casting of Ryan Gosling was announced and Harrison Ford‘s participation confirmed, Warner Bros has suddenly dropped a bunch of teaser material about the sequel to director Ridley Scott‘s 1982 classic, Blade Runner.
First of all, we have several photographs courtesy of Entertainment Weekly depicting the principle characters, including Gosling as Officer K, Ford as Deckard and Ana de Armas as a mystery character. Scott is also seen conferring with Ford.
With a December release date fast approaching, LucasFilm has unleashed a bunch of new images to keep people interested in Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. This takes some of the sting out the announcement by director J.J. Abrams that there will be no new footage shown at Disney’s D23 Expo this weekend in Anaheim, Calif.
Rey and Finn
Finn and TIE fighter
Rey frees BB-8
Kylo Ren and troops
R2D2 and C-3PO
Chewbacca and Han Solo
Director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan
Abrams directs Ridley
As you can see from the watermarks, the images make their debut in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, covering the Fall movie preview issue.
The big new revelation to me is the identity of Domhnall Gleeson‘s character: General Hux, a cruel leader of The First Order who craves to show the galaxy his might.
The hotly-anticipated film stars newcomers Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Gleeson as General Hux and Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma. Returning stars include: Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Oh, and the Millennium Falcon as herself!
ST:EVII—TFA opens opens Dec. 18.
Remember that Blade Runner sequel that always seems to be on and off? Well, some big pieces have fallen into place and now It is most definitely back on!
Alcon Entertainment announced Friday that Harrison Ford has been confirmed to return to the role of Rick Deckard! Securing Ford is certainly the most important step to making a successful sequel.
Original director Ridley Scott will step back and produce Blade Runner 2 (because he will be busy directing Prometheus 2), but he has announced his hand-picked choice to helm this sequel: Denis Villeneuve.
They may be expendable, but the movie franchise refuses to die! Perhaps winking at that fact, the character posters for The Expendables 3 seem intent on murdering your eyeballs!
In this latest go-round, Sylvester Stallone‘s Barney goes up against his old pal, the presumed-dead co-founder of the Expendables, Conrad Stonebanks — played by Mel Gibson. Barney’s returning champions — played by Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Jet Li and Arnold Schwarzenegger — are joined by Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Harrison Ford, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Antonio Banderas and Robert Davi.Yay, Ronda Rousey, but… Kelsey Grammer and Kellan Lutz?
The Walt Disney Co., producers of Star Wars: Episode VII, made it official today when they formally announced the long-rumored casting of Lupita Nyong’o, who won a Best supporting Actress Oscar earlier this year for 12 Years a Slave, and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the popular Brienne of Tarth on GAME OF THRONES.
Other cast members (announced back in April) include: John Boyega (Attack the Block); Daisy Ridley (even I’ve never heard of her!); Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows); Adam Driver (GIRLS); Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch and Inside Llewyn Davis); the legendary Max Von Sydow; and motion-capture artist Andy Serkis. Also, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew will be returning to the roles that made them famous.
Curmudgeonly action star Harrison Ford participated in a Reddit Ask Me Anything forum on April 12 in which he revealed that he would be up for a Blade Runner sequel!
“I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner. If, in fact, the opportunity would exist to do another, if it’s a good script, I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again. He’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker. I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character.”
Director Scott has said a BR sequel “will happen sooner or later,” so with the two major players now on board, perhaps all hopes for a sequel will not be lost, like so many tears in the rain.
Another summer weekend brings another comic-book adaptation to the big screen, and this week’s Cowboys & Aliens materialized with quite a pedigree: directed by Iron Man and Iron Man 2‘s Jon Favreau, produced by (among others) Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. So how can a movie from that brain trust be so lacking in imagination? After the initial idea of the mash-up, the movie – like its taciturn lead – doesn’t have much to say about either genre.
Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) awakens in the desert of Arizona in 1873 literally as a man with no name: He has no memory of who he is or how he got there. However, he does have an unfamiliar metal bracelet clamped to his left wrist. At the nearest town, Lonergan attracts the attention of enigmatic beauty Emma (Olivia Wilde), who senses something off about Lonergan and his anachronistic jewelry. Then Sheriff Taggart (Keith Carradine) identifies Lonergan as a wanted outlaw. When Taggart attempts to ship Lonergan out of town along with the ne’r-do-well son of the local cattle baron, the group is confronted by a furious daddy Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). However, their standoff is interrupted by strange flying machines that kidnap a number of townsfolk and nearly kill the rest – except that Lonergan’s bracelet suddenly reveals itself as an alien weapon capable of shooting down the fighters. Dolarhyde enlists Lonergan and Emma to help him rescue his son and the rest of the kidnap victims from the unearthly menace.