Ryan Gosling in Talks to Star in 'Blade Runner' Sequel

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Harrison Ford will co-star as Rick Deckard.

Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Harrison Ford will co-star as Rick Deckard, the role he portrayed in the original.

Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott, who is executive producing the new film.

The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original, which centered on a man (Ford) working as a police operative who is tasked with chasing down machines called replicants. Principal photography is set to start in summer of 2016.

Alcon Entertainment acquired the rights to Blade Runner in 2011 with the intention of making both prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Bud Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Alcon co-founders Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEOs of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

Gosling will be seen next in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe, and in Terrence Malick’s Weightless. He is currently in production starring opposite Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Steve Carrell in The Big Short. He’s repped by Anonymous Content, LBI Entertainment and Sloane, Offer.