Captain Phillips Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi has joined Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright in the untitled sequel to Blade Runner. As has been the case with most casting announcements for the film, there are no details on his role. The cast also includes Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri and Dave Bautista.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the Alcon Entertainment pic, whose story picks up several decades after the conclusion of Ridley Scott’s 1982 original. Production is set to begin next month. Warner Bros will open the film October 6, 2017. Sony has overseas rights.
Abdi made his acting debut as a Somali pirate in Paul Greengrass’ 2013 film Captain Phillips. Along with the Oscar nomination, he earned Supporting Actor noms for the role from the Golden Globes and SAG and won a BAFTA Award. Abdi appeared alongside Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul in thriller Eye in the Sky, which Bleecker Street opened in March.
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