‘Blade Runner 2’ Cast Update: Ryan Gosling joins Harrison Ford; Will creating the sequel destroy the integrity of the original story?
Actor Ryan Gosling is in talks for casting in "Blade Runner 2." He will be joining Harrison Ford who starred in the original film as replicant hunter Rick Deckard.
The "Drive" actor is still undergoing negotiations with Alcon Entertainment for the said sequel. While many fans who have grown with Gosling's movies over the years are excited for his casting, some viewers who have favored the "Blade Runner" before expressed their doubts over how would Gosling carry the lead role as an actor.
Some of his films are Guillermo del Toro's "The Haunted Mansion" and the Damien Chazelle-directed "La La Land" with Emma Stone. He will be seen next in Shane Black's "The Nice Guys" opposite Russell Crowe and in Terrence Malick's "Weightless." His current project is "The Big Short" with Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, and Steve Carell.
Ridley Scott, who directed the original classic based on the Philip K. Dick novel, is not going to sit on the director's chair anymore but is aboard as executive producer. This worries fans that the movie might not meet expectations.
The bigger apprehension goes to how will the writers Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green continue the story without destroying the integrity of its parent installment.
"Blade Runner" is a science fiction masterpiece, but it's one that doesn't invite any additional narrative. As labeled by iO9, the movie in talk is going to be the least necessary sequel of all time, going on to talk about how the mysteries in the story are purposely left unanswered so that it will be open for interpretation by the audience.
The critic further elaborated on how including an old Harrsion Ford's character would be a bad idea for the sequel. It will definitely answer his identity as a human "because the first film has clearly stated that replicants only live a few years."
"If Deckard (Ford's character) has managed to survive until his old age, he's a human, and thus the original movie is robbed of a great deal of its complexity and power," iO9 concluded.
Despite these apparent discouragements to continue the movie, the producers promised that this will be "a uniquely potent and faithful sequel" arising hope for the allegedly doomed movie.
Perhaps it's a good thing that Scott will leave "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve to helm the movie to provide room for a fresher approach to the movie, while not being completely away from it to give it a touch of the original story that the fans have loved and wished to preserve.
"Blade Runner 2" amidst mixed responses from both critics and viewers will push on and begin filming on summer of 2016.