Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner” sequel, whether you want it or not, is quickly lining up its cast and the Canadian actor is in negotiations to star opposite Harrison Ford, who returns as burned-out bounty hunter Rick Deckard.
Gosling may also sing and dance with Emma Stone in hot young “Whiplash” director Damien Chazelle’s return to movie musical land, “La La Land.” The Oscar nominee cut his teeth as a movie musical director with his black-and-white 16mm debut “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” (2009), which he began making while at Harvard. (Deadline has the scoop on “La La Land” as we await more details.)
Meanwhile, production is expected to begin on “Blade Runner” in summer 2016. Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the 1982 Philip K. Dick adaptation, and Michael Green have written a script based on an idea hatched by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story will take place several decades after “Blade Runner,” which was set in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles designed as a beautiful ruin by Lawrence G. Paull.
Busy director Villeneuve’s drug trafficking drama “Sicario” starring Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin just landed a Cannes competition slot. His “Blade Runner” sequel will be produced by Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin alongside Alcon Entertainment (which acquired prequel, sequel, TV and franchise rights in 2011) co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
Currently promoting his directorial debut “Lost River,” Gosling also has Shane Black’s “The Nice Guys” opposite Russell Crowe coming up, as well as Terrence Malick’s “Weightless.”