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Barkhad Abdi Joins ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

Barkhad Abdi has joined the cast Alcon Entertainment’s untitled “Blade Runner” sequel.

Previously announced cast includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri and Dave Bautista.

Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson made the announcement Tuesday. Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”) is directing with principal photography scheduled to begin in July.

The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America on Oct. 6, 2017, and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories.

The sequel is set several decades after the 1982 original, with Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Ridley Scott directed the original, which was set in 2019 Los Angeles with Deckard pursuing four replicants who had escaped from an off-world colony.

The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples, which was based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.”

Roger Deakins, who shot “Sicario,” will reunite with Villeneuve on the project as cinematographer. The film has a U.S. release date of Oct. 6, 2017.

Alcon Entertainment acquired the prequel and sequel rights to “Blade Runner” in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Producers are Johnson, Kosove and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin with Bud Yorkin receiving producer credit.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, the CEOs of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Scott will also executive produce. Bill Carraro will executive produce.

Abdi received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor in “Captain Phillips.” He also starred in the thriller “Eye in the Sky.”

Abdi is repped by SMS Talent.  

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