27 July, 2016 - NME.com
Lennie James is set to become the latest addition to the swelling cast of Blade Runner 2.
James, best known as Morgan Jones in The Walking Dead and Detective Joe Geddes on Low Winter Sun, is in talks for a currently unknown role in the sequel, Variety reports.
He would join Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Carla Juri, Ana de Armas, Hiam Abbass, David Dastmalchian, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks and Dave Bautista in the currently-untitled sequel.
Ridley Scott is not directing the sequel to his 1982 sci-fi classic, but is back as an executive producer. Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) will direct from a script written by Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the original, and Michael Green, who is also working on Scott's forthcoming Prometheus sequel.
The idea for the sequel, which is understood to take place several decades after the conclusion of Blade Runner, was devised by Scott and Fancher. Scott has previously revealed that Ford's iconic character Rick Deckard will not appear in the entirety of Blade Runner 2, saying: "Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act."
In September it was reported that a company used in the past by Warner Bros., the studio behind the sequel, has registered the domain names bladerunnerandroidsdreammovie.com and androidsdreammovie.com, suggesting the sequel might be titled Blade Runner: Android Dreams or simply Androids Dream.
The film will open in cinemas in October 2017.