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Barkhad Abdi Joins Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel, Perhaps as a Captain of Some Sort

He's the replicant now.

Barkhad Abdi in Eye in the Sky

The list of potential replicants continues to grow with today’s news that Barkhad “I’m the captain now” Abdi has joined Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner” sequel. An Academy Award nominee for his “Captain Phillips” performance, Abdi joins returning star Harrison Ford alongside Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis and former WWE Champion Dave Bautista in the secretive production.

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Few concrete details have emerged regarding the long-awaited sequel, which follows up on Ridley Scott’s 1982 original. That sci-fi landmark stars Ford as a semi-retired detective in 2019 Los Angeles, where four dangerous synthetic humans (or replicants) are on the loose; no plot details are presently available for the as-yet untitled sequel. 13-time Academy Award nominee Roger Deakins (who lensed Villeneuve’s “Sicario” and “Prisoners” in addition to many, many others) will serve as cinematographer.

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Prior to his Hollywood breakthrough, Villeneuve was known for such films as “Maelström,” “Polytechnique” and “Incendies,” which received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. Abdi, meanwhile, was most recently seen in the drone drama “Eye in the Sky.”

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