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UPDATE: Who is the protagonist for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner sequel? Plus: Writer announced!

05.17.2012
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UPDATE: Here's some extra added excitement-- scribe on the original, Hampton Fancher is in talks to write the sequel. Still, no new details other than the fact that the story will be, “some years after the first film concluded".

There's no cast yet for the BLADE RUNNER sequel, but the gender of the protagonist has been decided. No real surprise here-- it's a lady.

With my article title, you were probably expecting character details or an actor attached to the project. Nope, Scott hasn't gotten that far yet. However, it's exciting to know that there will be another awesome female in the sci-fi world. Here are some of the excerpts. To read the rest of the interview, head on over here.

Daily Beast: This is your first go at sci-fi since Blade Runner in 1982. Why did you finally decide to return to the genre?

Ridley Scott: Funny enough, the reason why I didn’t do sci-fi sooner is I was engaged in other things, and I would’ve always been involved if someone came around and had a good idea. For Prometheus, I came back to a very simple question that haunted me that appears in the first Alien, and no one answered in subsequent Alien films: who was the ”Space Jockey”—the big guy in the seat? If you really go into that, it becomes the basis for a pretty interesting story. When I went to the studio, we didn’t know if it was going to be a sequel or a prequel.

DB: And your next project, after the Cormac McCarthy adaptation, The Counselor, also boasts a strong female lead.

RS: I’m working on a project with Angelina Jolie called Gertrude Bell, which is a very interesting period piece of a woman in the 1900s whose tramping ground was very much part of Mesopotamia, which we now know of as Iraq. She’s involved with a person called King Faisal, and she was partly instrumental in seeing him to the throne of Iraq. She’s an important political figure.

DB: What about the rumored Blade Runner sequel?

RS: Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.

Extra Tidbit: I'd ask you which actress should get the opportunity to take the lead in this, however, I think we need some character details to make a real decision.
Source: The Daily BeastTHR

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3:58PM on 05/18/2012
It'll be interesting to see how (if) Sir Ridley handles anything to do with Deckard in the sequel because he was so adamant in his director's and final cuts about him being a replicant. There were some BR sequel books that were pretty good, but ran under the assumption that Deck wasn't a reppy. It better not change that ending and alter the message that he IS one, that's all I know. I like the tragedy of the existing ending.
It'll be interesting to see how (if) Sir Ridley handles anything to do with Deckard in the sequel because he was so adamant in his director's and final cuts about him being a replicant. There were some BR sequel books that were pretty good, but ran under the assumption that Deck wasn't a reppy. It better not change that ending and alter the message that he IS one, that's all I know. I like the tragedy of the existing ending.
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2:51AM on 05/18/2012

Blade Runneress

I love it. Sounds awesome.
I love it. Sounds awesome.
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11:28PM on 05/17/2012

how about a newcomer?

any actress coming to this part will have baggage of previous work. how about someone new,that we have no preconceived notions about for a change? a strong female lead works,zhora almost took out deckard in her change room,right? rutger was brilliant as the nemesis for fords character, but if ford comes back,it should only be a cameo. mid 60 year olds couldnt possibly track replicants built for strength/speed/etc.

ford could be a genetic designer,who modelled deckard after his younger self,
any actress coming to this part will have baggage of previous work. how about someone new,that we have no preconceived notions about for a change? a strong female lead works,zhora almost took out deckard in her change room,right? rutger was brilliant as the nemesis for fords character, but if ford comes back,it should only be a cameo. mid 60 year olds couldnt possibly track replicants built for strength/speed/etc.

ford could be a genetic designer,who modelled deckard after his younger self, for example,that would be cool as a cameo. either way, with ridley on board,i am already happy about the possibility of returning to the world of my fave film ever.
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9:23AM on 05/18/2012
Why a newcomer? While it could work, Sean Young was about the closest thing to a newcomer they had, and she'd been in "Stripes" already. I'm only saying, it's becoming a cliche. However, I agree, Ford is too old.
Why a newcomer? While it could work, Sean Young was about the closest thing to a newcomer they had, and she'd been in "Stripes" already. I'm only saying, it's becoming a cliche. However, I agree, Ford is too old.
11:15PM on 05/17/2012
I love Ridley Scott. I love Alien and Blade Runner. I can't wait to see Prometheus.

But I'm just getting this sinking feeling that a Blade Runner sequel will be to the original what 2010 was to 2001.
I love Ridley Scott. I love Alien and Blade Runner. I can't wait to see Prometheus.

But I'm just getting this sinking feeling that a Blade Runner sequel will be to the original what 2010 was to 2001.
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9:59PM on 05/17/2012
I was kinda of hoping it was guy as the protagonist but not a big deal either way ,well actually I was hoping we were having Rick Deckard back.
I was kinda of hoping it was guy as the protagonist but not a big deal either way ,well actually I was hoping we were having Rick Deckard back.
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