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Saturday 30 August 2014

No Ford role for next Blade Runner

Ridley Scott will make another Blade Runner movie

Harrison Ford is not expected to star in the Blade Runner follow-up.

Following the announcement that director Ridley Scott would once again be taking the reins in the second sci-fi outing, Alcon Entertainment producer Andrew Kosove revealed that it would be a separate film and a new cast to the 1982 cult original.

"In no way do I speak for Ridley Scott. But if you're asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no," he told LA Times' 24 Frames.

"This is a total reinvention, and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting. Everything Ridley does as a filmmaker is fresh. I believe he sees an opportunity to create something that's wholly original from the first Blade Runner," he added.

Andrew later told Entertainment Weekly: "This is not a remake. We don't have remake rights. This will be an original storyline inspired by Blade Runner, in the context of prequel or sequel."

Harrison played the lead character of retired LAPD officer Rick Deckard in the original, who has to hunt down 'replicants' in the futuristic world.

Ridley, who is currently working on the Alien prequel Prometheus, starring Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron, is tipped to start working on the next Blade Runner after this. The film's writer has yet to be found.

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