David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight”) and Hiam Abbass (“Munich”) are set to join the previously announced cast of Alcon Entertainment’s untitled “Blade Runner” sequel, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
Other announced cast includes Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi and Dave Bautista.
Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”) is directing the film to be released Oct. 6, 2017. The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America 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. The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.”
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.
Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce. Bill Carraro will executive produce.
Dastmalchian recently appeared in Marvel Studio’s “Ant-Man” alongside Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. Credits include “The Dark Knight” and “Prisoners,” which Villenueuve directed, where he starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman.
Abbass’ credits include “The Visitor” and Israeli film “Lemon Tree.”
Dastmalchian is repped by UTA. Abbass is repped by Untitled Entertainment.