Alcon Entertainment has confirmed that wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista has been cast in an important supporting role in the upcpming Blade Runner 2.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the film, with principal photography scheduled to begin this July.
Blade Runner 2 is set several decades after the 1982 original. 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?”. Story details have not been revealed.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the Blade Runner 2, television and ancillary franchise rights to the franchise in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.
Blade Runner 2 will be released by Warner Bros. in North America on January 12, 2018.