It looks like Harrison Ford might not only be reprising his iconic role as Han Solo. He could be back for another go around as Rick Deckard in a planned Blade Runner sequel.
Word was out Thursday that the producers at Alcon and director Ridley Scott are hoping to lure the 71-year-old back for a follow-up to his signature role as a Replicant-hunter in the 1982 sci-fi classic.
In a joint statement posted by The Hollywood Reporter, Alcon co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove said: “We believe that (screenwriters) Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honoured, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project.”
Last year, while doing promo for Ender’s Game, IGN asked Ford whether he’d return for Blade Runner 2 if asked.
“Yeah, we’ve been chatting about it,” the actor replied. He continued adding: “I truly admire Ridley (Scott) as a man and as a director, and I would be very happy to engage again with him in the further telling of this story.”
Details on Blade Runner 2 have been scarce, but in May 2012, it was revealed that Fancher’s story would take place several years after the end of the first film.
In the original film, Deckard, a “blade runner” played by Ford, is a police officer who hunts a gang of “replicants” (led by Rutger Hauer) who have escaped from an off-world colony and ended up in Los Angeles circa 2019.
There were suggestions Deckard himself might have been a replicant, which Scott confirmed in the Director’s Cut. So if it’s true that there are plans to bring Ford back, it’ll be interesting to see how they’ll account for his age (the replicants in Blade Runner didn’t age and had built-in termination dates).
It’s unclear when filming on Blade Runner 2 will get underway. Ford is just days away from starting work on Star Wars: Episode VII, while Scott is rumoured to be circling The Martian with Matt Damon and, eventually, Prometheus 2, which Michael Fassbender confirmed during press duties for X-Men: Days of Future Past earlier this month.