Blade Runner fans have spent decades debating the true nature of Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard, and it appears that in the highly-anticipated sequel, they will finally learn if he is a human or a replicant.
The truth behind Deckard remains ambiguous on the screen, as Cinema Blend points out, and the principals behind the production remain divided on how they view the issue. The question represents a significant part of Blade Runner’s mystique, and director Denis Villeneuve, who is set to helm the sequel (which begins filming next year) has every intention of addressing the matter, as MovieWeb notes.
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While being interviewed by Crave Online at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, Villeneuve was asked directly if Deckard is a human or a replicant. Admitting that he couldn’t answer the question due to the secrecy surrounding the Blade Runner sequel, the director nevertheless pointed out that fans won’t walk away from his film wondering.
“The thing I must say is that I love mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it.”
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While Villeneuve is silent on the issue of Deckard’s humanity out of the necessity of his position, the people involved with the original Blade Runner haven’t always kept to themselves on the matter. Ridley Scott, the director behind the original film, has been absolutely forthright regarding Rick Deckard, speaking to the New York Times in 2007.
“Yes, he’s a replicant. He was always a replicant.”
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While Scott might be seen as the authority on the matter, no less a personage than Harrison Ford himself is at odds with the director. The actor, who is already attached to the Blade Runner sequel and will reprise his role as Deckard, isn’t so sure, saying publicly that he believes the character was human. Further complicating the issue, Ford says that he debated Deckard’s humanity extensively with Scott.
The second Blade Runner is set to go into production next year, and while locations have yet to be settled on, cast rumors are already circulating. Aside from Ford, neither official casting news nor a release date have been announced for Blade Runner 2.
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