Roger Deakins has signed on to be the cinematographer for the Blade Runner sequel.
According to the Wrap, the Blade Runner sequel is being directed by Denis Villeneuve, with whom Deakins previously worked on 2013’s Prisoners and the soon-to-be-released Sicario, which received acclaim at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Deakins, a 12-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer, has also worked on several Coen brothers’ films including Fargo; No Country for Old Men; and True Grit, all for which he was nominated. Deakins’ most recent nomination came last year for his work on Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Harrison Ford will reprise his role Rick Deckard for the Blade Runner sequel. Ridley Scott, the first film’s director, will serve as executive producer on the sequel. It was also reported that Ryan Gosling has signed on for a part in the film, but the studio is keeping quiet on what his role will be.
Blade Runner was based on the Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The only plot details available so far is that the sequel will reportedly take place “decades” after the events of the first film, which was set in 2019, according to the Wrap. Hampton Fancher, who helped co-write the original’s screenplay with Ridley Scott, collaborated with Michael Green on the script for the sequel.
In a statement, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, the co-founders and co-CEOs of Alcon Entertainment said they are happy to have Roger Deakins filming the Blade Runner sequel.
“Roger is an extraordinary talent and we are very excited that Denis and Roger have chosen to continue their collaboration in bringing the sequel to Blade Runner to the big screen.”
The rights for the Blade Runner franchise were acquired by Alcon Entertainment in 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times. While the Villeneuve-directed sequel is the only one in production at this time, there are plans for the franchise to continue with “multiple sequels and prequels.”
At one point, Ridley Scott was originally signed on to direct the Blade Runner sequel. Variety reported back in November of 2014 that Scott was no longer attached to direct, but he would serve as executive producer. Scott also mentioned that Ford would reprise his role, but he’s going to briefly be in the sequel.
“Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”
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